16 August, 2017
"Say it like 'The Mooch, '" Colbert joked. But the conversation didn't flow, and the host didn't extract much in the way of interesting information.
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Colbert immediately called him out for that specific statement, saying: "Who cares?" "I took a list of all your comedy writers for my kill list".
He said he was upset that it took Trump two days before explicitly denouncing the bigots behind the Charlottesville hatefest, where a neo-Nazi plowed his auto into a crowd of anti-racist protesters and killed one.
"I've been in the building", the host responded, deadpanning, "What I means is, what is it like?" I would not be surprised if the outcome of Trump firing Bannon and trying to pivot away from the most despicable of his policies would be for Steve to return to Breitbart and go scorched Earth on the president, and Trump knows it. Scaramucci gave Colbert a knife engraved with "Stephen Colbert". Bannon is the former publisher of Breitbart News, which claims to be the voice of white nationalism.
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The sit-down comes one day after Scaramucci, in an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC's This Week, blamed White House chief strategist Steve Bannon for President Trump's widely criticized response to the deadly auto attack at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday. "That's him wearing his heart on his sleeve, it's a fish bowl, it's a hard job", Scaramucci continued, jokingly adding: "Being the communications director is a tough job". I have a tendency to be very open and honest with people.
Trump finally did specify them on Monday, but Colbert couldn't accept that as an excuse for why it had taken Trump two days to finally point out the reprehensible views that had caused the Charlottesville violence. "The front stabber has been back stabbed".
Three CEOs announced that they would be leaving President Trump's manufacturing council after the violent Charlottesville protest.
Colbert, rightly, was having none of it.
"That's up to the president", Scaramucci said.
When asked if he thinks Bannon could also get the boot from the administration, The Mooch said, "That's up to the president". Firing Bannon, he said, is just the first step.