Ousted White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci went after the New Yorker reporter who published his vulgar tirade about Trump administration officials, calling him the “Linda Tripp of 2017.”
“[Ryan Lizza] is the Linda Tripp of 2017. People know. And he is up at night not being able to live with himself,” Scaramucci tweeted Wednesday."
"Yes. He absolutely taped the call without my permission. #lowlife," Scaramucci later tweeted.
.@RyanLizza is the Linda Tripp of 2017. People know. And he is up at night not being able to live with himself.— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) August 10, 2017
Scaramucci compared Lizza to Tripp, who secretly recorded her phone calls with then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky in the 1990s, getting Lewinsky to reveal details of her affair with former President Clinton.
Lizza reported and published a rant Scaramucci went on about top Trump administration staffers, including former chief of staff Reince Priebus and chief strategist Stephen Bannon.
Scaramucci called Priebus a “f---ing paranoid schizophrenic” and said “I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own c---" during his now-infamous interview with Lizza.
The former communications director later said that while he knew he was on the record with Lizza, “the spirit of it was off.”
Trump abruptly fired Scaramucci after only 10 days in the White House, reportedly at the urging of new chief of staff John Kelly just days after Lizza published Scaramucci’s comments.