After Trump Divorce, Is Anthony Scaramucci Now an Out-of-the-Closet Nikki Haley Supporter


Page Six reports that former Trump administration UN Ambassador Nikki Haley may have recruited Anthony Scaramucci to “the resistance.” That would be the Republican arm of”the resistance’, not the Democratic wing.

Trump’s controversial, short-lived comms chief Scaramucci officially divorced himself from his former buddy Donald Trump this weekend. The Mooch compared the US president to a nuclear reactor on the verge of melting down and suggested strongly that the GOP should run a candidate against him in 2020.

“To those asking, ‘what took so long?’ You’re right. I tried to see best in [Trump] based on private interactions and select policy alignment. But his increasingly divisive rhetoric — and damage it’s doing to [the] fabric of our society — outweighs any short-term economic gain.”

The reliable — even if it is owned by Rupert Murdoch — New York Post writes on Page Six that Scaramucci dined recently with Nikki Haley at the famed Harlem eatery Rao’s. The former governor of South Carolina, Haley has been deft in disassociating herself from Trump, while keeping her volume at low level. After Trump launched his despicable tirade against Baltimore Congressman Elijah Cummings two weeks ago, Haley tweeted: “This is so unnecessary.”

Haley seemingly has presidential ambitions of her own, although all bets are on 2024; Stay tuned.

Nikki Haley Slams The White House & Larry Kudlow: "With All Due Respect, I Don't Get Confused"

Photo: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

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UN Ambassador Nikki Haley coolly and calmly shot down the Trump Administration boys club on Tuesday, after colleagues blamed confusion and misstatements about additional Russian sanctions on her. There's a lesson learned here for women as gutsy as Haley -- which is not the majority of American women -- and for good reason. 

New York Magazine provides the story backdrop, with Ambassador Haley stating on Sunday's 'Face the Nation' that additional sanctions were forthcoming, aimed at Russian companies that support Syria's chemical-weapons program. The formal announcement was coming shortly, said Haley, probably on Monday.

Boom! For whatever reason -- but then again the topic is Russia -- Trump got cold feet and backed off the plan of additional economic sanctiosn. That would not be a positive image for America's commander-in-chief, especially Mr. Fire & Fury himself The White House boys club then decided that Haley would take the fall, having made an error that "needs to be mopped up", according to the Washington Post

None of us understand why chief White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow found it imperative to weigh in, telling CNN that Haley "got ahead of the curve" and “There might have been some momentary confusion about that.”

With that absurd comment, Haley fired back, ignoring the dripping sexism of Kudlow's comments about Haley. A dark-haired woman, Nikki Haley does not wear the dumb blonde stereotype. But Kudlow had waded into "irrational woman" waters, and Haley wasn't having it for one minute. In fact, Haley's widespread reputation is one of competency and crossing every 't'. 

"With all due respect, I don't get confused," Haley said in a grand slam hit across the net. Her contained, on-target rebuke made it clear that the confusion was not in her camp and not her fault. Kudlow has apologized. 

Michael Wolff And The Age-Old 'She's A Slut' Shaming Of Nikki Haley's Meteoric Rise


'Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski shut down an interview with 'Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House' author Michael Wolff on Thursday over her claim that Wolff insinuated strongly that he had accused U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley of having an affair with President Donald Trump. 

The conversation initially focused on the Russian investigation but then turned to remarks Wolff made last week on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher.”  Wolff claimed to know that Trump was having an affair and pointed viewers to a passage located near "the end of the book" where her name would be found. 

Readers zoomed in on a passage in which Wolff wrote that Haley “had become a particular focus of Trump’s attention, and he of hers” and another in which he wrote “that [Haley], with requisite submission, could be his heir apparent.”  Egging them on, Wolff continued: “Now that I've told you, when you hit that paragraph, you're gonna say, 'Bingo.'”

To be clear, I've had people reaching out to me to ask if I think Haley is having an affair with Trump.  I've said no. 1) As racist and germaphobic as Trump is, I don't see him bedding a woman of color. Trump has very definite preferences for women from Slavic countries and -- most probably -- Russia. 2) First and foremost, while I detest Nikki Haley's UN Ambassador policies and how she is hurting women worldwide with cuts to their access to birth control, HIV drugs and a host of other women's health necessities, I consider her to be whip smart. For a woman of color to rise as she has in the Republican party, she knows every pothole in the road, and the double-trouble hate she faces if she is linked to 'sin'. So I just don't see Haley having an affair with Trump.

Politico picked up the story for their Women Rule Podcast with the UN Ambassador last weekend, asking her about the allegations. Wolff suggests that she should have refused to answer the question, because he hadn't actually accused her. Hmmmm. Is there any other woman referenced at the end of the book?

Listen, I was asked if I'm a harlot on the witness stand in Lebanon, PA. Dressed in olive drab silk, with a pussycat bow, my crime was a rose jacket that was part of the ensemble. My business partner's lawyer had tried to beat me down for nearly eight hours in front of a very conservative court. When nothing worked, he asked me why I was so totally disrespectful of the court -- did I always dress in flashy colors and show such total disrespect to the jury? Translated -- he was slut-shaming me, when he couldn't discredit my testimony as a calm, articulate, on-the-side of right, witness. 

Being wise to the strategies of men trying to sell books or triumph over women in just about any situation, Haley answered the question in her Politico podcast. 

“It is absolutely not true,” Haley said, arguing that Wolff not only has his facts wrong, but that his insinuation is similar to other attacks that she and other successful women have faced when they've been forced to swat down suggestions they've slept their way to the top.

“I have literally been on Air Force One once and there were several people in the room when I was there,” she said in an interview Thursday, referring to a flight from Washington to Long Island in late July. “He says that I’ve been talking a lot with the president in the Oval about my political future. I’ve never talked once to the president about my future and I am never alone with him.”

“So the idea that these things come out, that’s a problem,” she said. “But it goes to a bigger issue that we need to always be conscious of: At every point in my life, I’ve noticed that if you speak your mind and you’re strong about it and you say what you believe, there is a small percentage of people that resent that and the way they deal with it is to try and throw arrows, lies or not.” Wolff did not respond to a request from Politico for comment.

Returning to Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski is not a particularly articulate person. An informed listening of the show will find her sighing more than anything, adding little nonsense phrases when anyone else is talking and rarely making an informed, authoritative statement in traditional sentence format. Mika suffers from a permanent condition of liberal angst that renders her unable to speak. Instead, she feels things deeply. 

I honestly didn't know what was going down on the show and probably many others didn't either. Being asked about Haley and Trump, I didn't know about Wolff's HBO appearance and his direct insinuations about Nikki Haley. 

Politico writes: "After some back and forth, Brzezinski suggested to Wolff that he “might be having a fun time playing a little game dancing around this, but you're slurring a woman. It's disgraceful.” Wolff once again insisted he had not made any insinuation about Haley, to which Brzezinski replied, “Come on. Are you kidding? You're on the set of ‘Morning Joe.’ We don't BS here.”'

I nearly choked over that line -- the no BS -- having watched Mika crucify Hillary Clinton month after month over the server and emails. And like every other Clinton supporter, the total amnesia that Morning Joe has about initially building Trump's profile by giving him daily airtime and call-in privileges, I think a lot of BS goes down on Morning Joe.

Putting my Mika grievances aside, now that I Googled my way to a full understanding of what they hell she was talking about, Brzezinski was right to shut down Wolff.  

Related: Other pundits are weighing in

Michael Wolff and the Smearing of Nikki Haley The Atlantic