Stephen Colbert kicked off his interview with the short-lived White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci with an intense line of questions about President Trump‘s reaction to the Charlottesville violence.
“I promised you no gotcha questions, but I’m gonna lead with one,” Colbert told Scaramucci. “Nazis: good or bad?”
“Superbad, we know that,” he responded immediately.
When asked why he thought Trump would “shank a softball” like condemning Nazis, Scaramucci expressed how he thought the president “should have been harsher” and he ultimately stopped himself from doing that.
“It was late…but he did go to the White House and he did make a statement…and he was very declarative against it,” he said, defending his former boss.
Colbert then asked The Mooch what he thought Trump meant — his off-script “many sides” remarks or the scripted statement he made later.
“You guys have been super rough on me and super rough on him, but he is a compassionate person,” he reacted. “It’s a super tough job. He made a step which was to give up a luxurious lifestyle –”
“Who cares?” Colbert interrupted. “We’re supposed to feel bad for a guy because he gave up his billion-dollar lifestyle to be the most powerful man in the world?”
Scaramucci continued to defend Trump, saying that being president was a difficult job and how other previous presidents have said the same thing.
“Being the communications director is a difficult job,” The Mooch quipped.
Colbert brought the conversation back to Charlottesville and asked Scaramucci why he thought Trump “choked.”
“I think there’s a- it’s almost a counterintuitive thing with him as it relates to the media,” Scaramucci elaborated. “The media’s expecting him to do something and sometimes he does the exact opposite”
“Wait, just to thumb his nose at them?” Colbert reacted.
“Some of that worked during the campaign,” The Mooch said. “The campaign’s over! Now he’s the president!” Colbert shot back.
Scaramucci reiterated the fact that Trump “did condemn the Nazis today.”
“Two days laters!” Colbert exclaimed. “Does he order his spine on Amazon Prime? Why did it take so long?”
The Mooch acknowledged that was a “good line.”
Watch the clip above, via CBS.
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