Mischief of Staff


President Donald Trump on Friday replaced White House chief of staff Reince Priebus with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.


CNN reported that Priebus offered Trump his resignation on Thursday.


The episode marked the end of a weeklong saga involving Priebus and new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci. Priebus had worked hard to block Scaramucci’s appointment, but Trump decided to hire him anyway.

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Original painting Facts of Life by Norman Rockwell 

Immediately after Scaramucci’s hiring, White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced he was resigning. Spicer was Priebus’ closest White House ally based on both of their past work for the Republican National Committee.

As The New York Times reported Friday, Priebus was pushed out as Trump became convinced the chief of staff was not strong enough for the role.


Priebus joined Trump on Air Force One for Trump’s trip to Long Island, where he gave a speech focused on his administration’s efforts to fight the MS-13 street gang. Accompanying him on the flight was also Scaramucci, who had savaged Priebus in a New Yorker interview published less than 24 hours earlier.

In that interview, Scaramucci called Priebus a “f—— paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac” and said the chief of staff would be resigning soon.

Scaramucci had become incensed at Priebus on Wednesday after a Politico report detailed Scaramucci’s financial disclosure, which was publicly available from Scaramucci’s stint at the Export-Import Bank. Scaramucci, who did not know that at the time, had tweeted that the report was illegally leaked and said he was going to contact the FBI and the Justice Department. He also tagged Priebus in the now-deleted tweet and wrote #swamp.

The White House communications director then called The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza that same day because he was angered by a tweet from the reporter. That tweet cited a “senior White House official” who said Scaramucci was having dinner at the White House with the president, first lady Melania Trump, former Fox News executive Bill Shine, and Fox News host Sean Hannity.

On Thursday night, The Washington Post reported that Scaramucci and his allies were compiling a diagram of news outlets they believe Priebus leaked information to, according to a White House official who discussed the plan of attack. The source said Scaramucci and his allies planned to present their findings to Trump on Friday.


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5 responses to “Mischief of Staff

  1. Friend of the court

    nailed the expressions. is it just me, or does it seem like Trump is handing off the Executive to the “Generals”? like a coop full of eagles, STARS.

    • The hardest part was finding a pic of Mooch that would fit. Of course, I had to shorten the fingers, because he is underendowed like his boss.

      I think Twitler is sick of presidenting, so he figures Kelly can make all the decisions while the asshole is off making speeches to bigger assholes. A coop full of eagles, or a coup by eagles? We shall see!

  2. And so the wheel turns and two new ones are added to Model T’s roster. Lets see who plays both ends of the fiddle against the middle now. Wonder how long Scaramucci will last? He acts like a bully just like his boss.

    • With Kelly as the new chief of staff, I doubt that Mooch is going to get much facetime with Twitler. If he doesn’t, his profile will no be very prominent, and he won’t want the job anymore. If Twitler tells Kelly to allow Mooch to wander in whenever he wants, I doubt Kelly will stick around for very long. There is going to be a civil war in the west wing, along with one in the country.

      • Yes maam, I think our country is fast reaching the bottom of the barrel and civil war is conceivable. We have a president that brings in folks that literally foam at the mouth every chance they get.