Scaramucci Responds to Politico Report on His Conspiratorial Comments: ‘I’m Not a QAnon Truther’
Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci attacked a recent Politico report on his comments endorsing the pro-Trump conspiracy theory QAnon, telling CNN’s Jim Sciutto today, “I’m not a QAnon truther.”
Scaramucci came on and discussed President Donald Trump’s relationship with the media, which he said could be on the up-and-up in “the next two years than he did in the first two of his presidency,” before Sciutto sprang the Politico story on his attendance at the recent pro-Trump American Priority Conference.
“You talked about this group QAnon, which is the source of many of the worst conspiracy theories going back to Pizzagate and a whole host of others, but you said they’re accurate about so many things,” Sciutto said, QAnon being a conspiracy theory crafted by pro-Trump Internet forms who believe there is a secret government official, “Q,” working behind the scenes to help the president over throw a deep state cabal of globalists intent on destroying America.
“This is what I love about the media,” Scaramucci began. “This is sort of what happened to me with CNN where I said to these guys, ok, you’re being dishonest. If you’re going to report that, I’m gonna have to come after you. Of course, the three CNN people got fired. I don’t even remember this reporter’s name, and so I’m not going to bring the guy’s name up.”
He then went on to explain his side of the story:
“There was a woman there, she had a t-shirt on that had Q on it. I laughed, and said what is this whole Q thing? She started listing things for me. The reporter didn’t hear the whole thing of what this guy has apparently predicted. I said, ‘Wow, I didn’t realize this guy had gotten so many things right.’ I’m not focused on Q. I’m not endorsing Q. I don’t know anything about QAnon. The reporter thought he had me in a gotcha moment because that’s what reporters do. He didn’t declare himself as a reporter, didn’t say he was interviewing anybody. I was teasing the woman when I said wait until you find out who the guy is. I don’t know who the guy is. I’m not a QAnon truther. I could care less about QAnon, that’s what I don’t like about the media.”
Scaramucci also attacked the Politico reporter, Ben Schreckinger, saying, “I’m not going to respond to this joker on Twitter or the other jokers who hang out with the guy, but this is why the American people strongly dislike elements of the media that they think are being unfair.”
The Politico report stated the former White House official hosted a “coffee with Mooch” event where he “spoke glowingly of the theory” to a Virginia couple who had pro-QAnon merchandise on them.
“[Q has] been dead accurate about so many things,” Scaramucci reportedly said. “When you find out who he is, you’re not going to believe it.”
After the conversation, which Schreckinger overheard, the reporter approached Scaramucci, who denied that he was discussing the conspiracy and said they were talking another person, not Q.
However, the couple later re-affirmed to Schreckinger that Scaramucci was “talking about Q.”
Additionally, Scaramucci — by his own admission — gave the conspiracy some credit, both on-air and to the couple, as he told Sciutto his comments at the conference were: “I didn’t realize this guy had gotten so many things right.”
He followed up on his CNN hit with a tweet:
Fact I even have to address this is a joke. A reporter at event in DC eavesdrops on snippet of conversation and tries to manufacture a gotcha moment. I know nothing about the Q conspiracy but from what I’ve seen it’s ridiculous fiction. https://t.co/e0R9O5WLHa
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) December 10, 2018
Watch above, via CNN.
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