If you are someone who enjoys laughing at the foibles of the Trump administration as it chaotically attempts to implement the big man’s agenda, then this week has already been bountiful for you. But wait – there is much, much more.
It turns out that now-booted communications director Anthony Scaramucci engaged in a heated email exchange with recently deposed Chief of Staff Reince Priebus not long before his own axing. The one issue? He wasn’t actually emailing Priebus at all – it was a hoaxer pretending to be him.
It wasn’t even a particularly good hoax, either! The prankster reportedly emailed the Mooch from an email ending in @mail.com, which is generally not a great sign that it has come from a legitimate source. They write:
I had promised myself I would leave my hands mud free, but after reading your tweet today which stated how; ‘soon we will learn who in the media who has class, and who hasn’t’, has pushed me to this. That tweet was breathtakingly hypocritical, even for you. At no stage have you acted in a way that’s even remotely classy, yet you believe that’s the standard by which everyone should behave towards you? General Kelly will do a fine job. I’ll even admit he will do a better job than me. But the way in which that transition has come about has been diabolical. And hurtful. I don’t expect a reply.
Nonetheless, Scaramucci replies.
“You know what you did. We all do. Even today. But rest assured we were prepared. A Man would apologize,” Scaramucci wrote back to the hoax email, clearly thinking it was actually Priebus sending him a mean email for some reason.
“I can’t believe you are questioning my ethics! The so called ‘Mooch’, who can’t even manage his first week in the White House without leaving upset in his wake,” the fake Priebus replies. “I have nothing to apologise for.”
Scaramucci then replies with something that is insanely badass to send in an email – if it were, you know, to an actual person and not a prankster you have mistaken for the former chief of staff to the literal president.
“Read Shakespeare. Particularly Othello. You are right there. My family is fine by the way and will thrive. I know what you did. No more replies from me,” he says.
It wasn’t just the Mooch who was caught up in this, which will probably be little consolation to him, considering he has lost his job and basically everything else. According to CNN, Homeland Security adviser Tom Bossert – a man you would hope would be across basic email security protocol – was fooled into thinking the hoaxer was the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Funnily enough, the person who eventually worked out that they weren’t getting emails from a legit source was Eric Trump. Yes, the Trump son who looks like a warped version of Richie Rich.
Ol’ Eric got wise when the hoaxer pulled the fairly brazen move of pretending to be his brother Donald Trump Jr. “I have sent this to law enforcement who will handle from here,” Eric replied. Look, I’d say oldmate was probably getting pretty full of himself when he tried to pull that particular stunt.
Also according to CNN, the prankster tweets at @SINON_REBORN, where screenshots of the alleged prank emails are published. “I try and keep it on the humorous side of things,” the prankster told CNN. “I’m not trying to get the keys to the vault or anything like that.”
Christ, we live in stupid times.