Remember Anthony Scaramucci? The Mooch, as it were? He’s the one ousted from the Trump administration before __ Sebastian Gorka__ and Steve Bannon. Before Omarosa Manigault Newman and __ Carl Icahn.. Before Rob Porter. Before Rex Tillerson,Steve Goldstein, and __ John McEntee. Before that whole Sam Nunberg blip last week. He’s the guy. The Scaramucci. Well, he’s still around, and tweeting about current events.
One current event that Scaramucci is tweeting about is Thursday’s big news: Vanessa Trumpfiled for a divorce from her husband Donald Trump Jr., the firstborn of our current president. The editor of the New York Post’s gossip column Page Six, Emily Smith, broke the story. She first reported on Wednesday that the couple was headed toward a divorce, and the reasons for it were Twitter and travel, and then reported on Thursday that Vanessa Trump had officially filed the paperwork.
These reports made Scaramucci very mad. He tweeted, “Ugliest person there is on the inside. A person with no morals or journalistic standards. Living off of others people’s pain. @PageSixEmily beware! She will stop at nothing to hurt innocents. Especially your children.”
Because Scaramucci lives for drama, he attached a screenshot of Smith’s photo (also her Twitter avatar) that’s so pixelated she looks like a yeti spotted in the wild. It’s dark:
Oddly, it’s Fox News correspondent and former Dancing with the Stars contestant, Geraldo Rivera, who came to her defense:
It’s eminently understandable that the Mooch was shaken by Smith’s reporting. His own divorce (and eventual reunion) with his wife, Deidre Ball, was fodder for Page Six and other publications. Certainly that’s a wound that still stings. But even the Trump, Jr.s have issued a sober statement: “After 12 years of marriage, we have decided to go our separate ways,” the couple told Smith a joint statement. “We will always have tremendous respect for each other and our families. We have five beautiful children together and they remain our top priority. We ask for your privacy during this time.” And despite sharing Scaramucci’s flair for unhinged syntax, neither Donald Trump Sr., Donald Trump Jr., nor Vanessa Trump have tweeted about the news at the time of writing.
Like Scaramucci, Vanessa Trump (née Haydon) has her own rich history with New York tabloid media. Recall, for example, this iconic piece on Leonardo DiCaprio in New York Magazine, that Mother Jones associate editor Patrick Caldwell and others tweeted after the news broke. Nancy Jo Sales, also a contributor to Vanity Fair, wrote in 1998 about the then 20-year-old Wilhelmina model who “was voted Most Likely to Wind Up on Ricki Lake” in high school, and instead “made it into Page Six.” She was rumored for a time to be a DiCaprio love interest, and “played the media really well,” according to one man who knew her at the time “since they were going to ‘teenyboppers‘ together.”
Ain’t that how it goes in tabloids? When you’re up, you’re up. It’s a great tool. When you’re down, well, they’re coming for “innocents.” Maybe that’s how it goes in politics, too.