There was probably never going to be a great time for former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci to appear on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, but his previously scheduled guest spot coming this week after everything happening in Charlottesville felt especially strained. After destroying his public image beyond comprehension in the time-frame of 10 days, U-turning on all his previously held stances to sell himself out to a demagogue who sacked him less than a fortnight in, it’s clear that the Mooch is desperate to scrape back some semblance of dignity, or at least a more marketable personality.
Public appetites for him had entirely dried up before last night’s appearance, and his charade did little to appease that. After walking on stage to boos from the crowd, Scaramucci tried to play along with an ‘I was saying Boo-urns” routine, but the unease was obvious. This dude isn’t someone who delights in being a public villain. He would much rather be the David Mamet character every frat boy who takes a drama class quotes endlessly.
This appearance was all about him and saving his skin, which he sought to do by pretending to be in on the joke, as if jovially going along with the mockery makes him a good sport (then again, that hair ruffle his former boss got did wonders for him).
Yet when it came time to talk Trump, he still defended him. He called him ‘compassionate’ and talked of the ‘sacrifices’ he had made in the name of public service. The weekend Nazis and white supremacists were bolstered by Trump’s implicit support enough to lead a fucking tiki torch rally, and Scaramucci wants everyone to know what side he’s on. For someone who hoped to bolster his reputation through the rampaging parade of cock-strutting alpha-male ‘suck his own dick’, take-no-prisoners posturing, The Mooch sure looked scared and toothless throughout this.
Stephen Colbert tried his hardest, and it’s clear he was probably the best late night host choice for such an interview (aside from Seth Meyers), but there was nothing for him to gain here and the frustration was evident in his voice.
You can watch the interview below, but honestly, this coward isn’t worth your time.