Sunday, July 21, 2024

Reince Priebus is Out, Scaramucci’s Wife Has Filed for Divorce: It’s 5pm on A Friday in Washington, Business as Usual


At first Donald Trump thought he’d use gang violence on Long Island to distract everyone from his earth shaking loss last night in the Senate. Trump’s promise to kill Obamacare has gone up in smoke. More than six months in, Trump has no legislation. No wall, no real immigration ban, and now no TrumpCare. His presidency is a daily disaster.

But wait! Gangs on Long Island didn’t do it. People kept talking about healthcare. So what else can you do to divert attention from failure? Why not fire the White House Chief of Staff? And, voila, Reince Preibus is out, replaced by General John Kelly, head of Homeland Security. Preibus had been fighting with Steve Bannon since the beginning, Bannon wanted him out. Bannon, who everyone hates, was colorfully described by Anthony Scaramucci yesterday in the New Yorker.

But wait! Half an hour before Trump could announce Priebus was gone, Page Six broke another story: Scaramucci’s wife left him. She’s divorcing him. They have two kids and she lives on Long Island. She couldn’t stand his “ambition.” She would rather be on Long Island, where there are gangs, than in Washington. Mrs. S didn’t want to be part of the “Trump Rhapsody” anymore. The fandango is over. She’s “under pressure.”

It’s 5pm on a Friday in the nation’s capital. Business as usual under you know who. You can’t make this stuff up.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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