The Mooch is Coming to Liberty University


He lasted six days as the White House Communication Director.  He is perhaps best known for a profanity-laced conversation with New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza.  His wife filed for divorce while she was eight months pregnant with their second child.  He was not present for the baby’s birth, but he did he did send a text saying “Congratulations, I’ll pray for our child.”

All of this has earned Anthony Scaramucci a possible slot as a convocation speaker at Liberty University.

The Lynchburg News & Advance reports:

Scaramucci did not confirm an exact date for his appearance or the purpose of his visit.

Contacted by phone, Liberty spokesperson Mitzi Bible was unable to provide additional details.

Via text, LU President Jerry Falwell Jr. directed a question about Scaramucci’s appearance to David Nasser, LU’s senior vice president for spiritual development, who has announced convocation speakers in recent weeks. Messages left with Nasser were not immediately returned.

Though Scaramucci’s appearance has not yet been confirmed as convocation related, political heavyweights have been featured prominently at past convocations, including Trump and other 2016 presidential candidates such as Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders and sitting U.S. Congress members.

Read the entire piece here.

It’s Only a Matter of Time Before a Court Evangelical Says That a Political Candidate is Morally Unfit for Office

3a3bc-trumpAs I have noted several times at this blog and elsewhere, in 1998 evangelical “family values” guru James Dobson said that Bill Clinton was morally unfit for the presidency.  (I am still thankful to Katie and Devin Manzullo-Thomas for digging this up for me!).  Today Dobson supports Donald Trump.

Soon a national politician is going to have a moral lapse.  If it is a Democrat or an anti-Trump Republican (or maybe even a pro-Trump Republican), the court evangelicals will pounce. When they unleash their moral outrage they will be reminded of their support for Donald Trump.  The larger culture will see their hypocrisy.  Let’s also hope that the church will see the hypocrisy as well.

Think, for example, about the recent firing of Anthony Scaramucci.  If reports are correct, even Trump and his advisers believed that Scaramucci crossed a line with his vulgar language.  The court evangelicals were silent.  Why?  Because they know that they have lost all moral authority to speak out against such vulgarity.


Scaramucci is Good for America


The Federalist published David Marcus’s piece earlier this afternoon.

A taste:

When President Trump hired Anthony Scaramucci as his communications director, he was sending a very clear message about the future of his administration. When a week later he leaned into the mic and told Reince Priebus, “You’re fired,” he doubled down on that message. In short, the president is saying: I got elected doing things my way and ignoring you GOP blowhards, and that isn’t going to change.

In the long run, that decision will be good for Trump and for the American people. The reason everyone from Pennsylvania Avenue to Main Street should celebrate this move is that it finally puts the cards on the table. Throughout the campaign and even after it, we had GOP officials predicting that Trump could be guided, molded into a responsible Republican president. It has never been true, and we are all better off for finally realizing it.


Quote of the Day

It turns out in the dog days of 2017 in the nation’s capital that President Trump is neither loved nor feared. Successful presidents have always been at least one of the two, often both.

His administration is in chaos; his White House is a civil war in a leper colony. Maybe someone should check with Jerry Falwell Jr. or the Rev. Franklin Graham after the on-the-record obscene character assassinations by Trump’s incoming communications director, Anthony Scaramucci — just to see whether we can rest now that we have leaders of good moral character.  

Mark Shields

Scaramucci Rants and the Court Evangelicals are Silent


Many of you have heard about it or read about it by now.  Donald Trump’s new Director of Communications, Anthony Scaramucci, gave a vulgar and crude interview to New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza filled with F-bombs and inappropriate sexual imagery.  In the process, he falsely accused the (then) White House Chief of Staff Reince Prebius of leaking information about him to the press.  He added that he would kill all such leakers.

I think it is fair to say that any ordinary person who made such vulgar and inappropriate accusations would be immediately fired from his job.

Let’s remember that Scaramucci is not just any old member of Trump’s staff.  He is the guy that the POTUS chose to be in charge of COMMUNICATIONS.  He communicates Trump’s ideas, vision, and character to the American people.

I have been busy this week, but I did manage to scan the social media feeds of the court evangelicals.  As expected, they have been silent on this issue.


Scaramucci’s Deleted Tweets

MoochTrump’s new Director of Communications is deleting his old tweets:

Full transparency: I’m deleting old tweets. Past views evolved & shouldn’t be a distraction. I serve @POTUS agenda & that’s all that matters

— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) July 22, 2017

Unfortunately for Scaramucci and Trump, it is hard to delete the past.

Read his old tweets here.  It appears that at some point Mr. Scaramucci had a “road to Damascus”-type conversion to the views of Donald Trump.

It is also worth noting Scaramucci’s announcement that he will be deleting these old Tweets may have created more of a “distraction” than if he left them out there.