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White House Officials, Including Scaramucci, Made Revealing Statements to an Email Prankster

By Lainey Bobainey | Pajiba Love | July 31, 2017 |

By Lainey Bobainey | Pajiba Love | July 31, 2017 |

I don’t work in an office anymore, but I used to. There were only a couple of times that I didn’t wear makeup to work and the negative facial reactions were swift and squinty. - (The Hairpin)

There’s not a ton to this story, but some guy has been emailing White House folks pretending to be other White House folks and eliciting actual responses, none of which are incriminating, per se, but this exchange between Anthony Scaramucci and a prankster posing as Reince Priebus certainly is intriguing:

“I had promised myself I would leave my hands mud free,” wrote the fake Priebus, “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.”

The very real Scaramucci responded: “You know what you did. We all do. Even today. But rest assured we were prepared. A Man would apologize.”

Fake Priebus wrote back: “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. I have nothing to apologize for.”
Actual Scaramucci responded: “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.”

Othello, huh? What happened? Is Priebus somehow responsible for the break-up of Scaramucci’s marriage? (CNN)

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