Anthony Scaramucci (AP/Janet Mayer)

Anthony Scaramucci cryptically tweets a "Game of Thrones" quote from last night's finale

"The Mooch" really liked Jon Snow's line about "false promises" and "better lies" — but why?


Taylor Link
August 28, 2017 4:08PM (UTC)

Anthony Scaramucci cryptically tweeted a quote from Sunday night's "Game of Thrones" that had everyone up in arms about its meaning.

http://twitter.com/Scaramucci/status/901996399419678721

The tweet, which already has over 15,000 Twitter likes and multiple responses ranging from the critical to the supportive, suggested that Scaramucci finds parallels between the politics of "Game of Thrones" and those of the White House.

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Scaramucci was ousted from his role as incoming communications director last month, only six days after his stint even officially began.

Many considered the smooth-talking former investment banker as an odd choice for the White House role: He had no experience working in the government or public relations. His amateurism became evident after he conducted a crude interview with The New Yorker in which he cussed out his colleagues on the record.

Following his firing, Scaramucci appeared on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" to discuss, in part, all the infighting that took place in the White House.

"They go behind each other's backs. They leak things to the press. And they say nasty things about each other to destabilize them, or to influence the president's judgment about them," he said.

Some interpreted Scaramucci's Jon Snow quote as a subtle dig at the Trump administration or, more specifically, the people who occupied the West Wing while he was there. On Monday morning, however, Scaramucci sent a follow-up tweet clarifying that the quote was a "comment on the political establishment."

http://twitter.com/Scaramucci/status/902188097328304128

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It's unclear who in the "political establishment" Scaramucci is referring to. The only members of the Trump administration who have lost their jobs recently were political outsiders, such as Sebastian Gorka and Steve Bannon. If anything, it is the political establishment that has regained control of the power structure in the White House.

It should be noted that Scaramucci himself has been caught offering "better lies" regarding his relationship with the president and that leader's athletic abilities. It's okay to be scratching your head here.


Taylor Link

Taylor Link is an assistant editor at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @taylorlink_

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