The story — in which the newly appointed White House communications chief savaged other top Trump officials in extremely crude terms — has been viewed by 4.4 million unique visitors since it was posted on the afternoon of July 27, Condé Nast announced Sunday. That makes it the most-read article on NewYorker.com so far in 2017.
Lizza’s piece — titled “Anthony Scaramucci Called Me to Unload About White House Leakers, Reince Priebus, and Steve Bannon” — also generated a record-breaking 100,000 concurrent visitors to the website within the first several hours of publication. In addition, the New Yorker saw a whopping 92% increase in subscription orders over the daily July average from the Scaramucci piece.
In the NSFW interview, Scaramucci accused former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus of perpetrating press leaks and called Priebus “a f—ing paranoid schizophrenic.” He also tore into Steve Bannon, charging Trump’s top strategist with seeking the media spotlight: “I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own c–k.” Scaramucci also said he would fire the entire White House comms team if press leaks didn’t stop.
Trump fired Priebus last week following the publication of the Scaramucci interview, which Condé Nast bragged “has been the talk of Washington — and beyond.”
Scaramucci has offered no apology for the comments he made to the New Yorker. In defending her boss, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders last Thursday told Fox News, “He’s very passionate about the president and the president’s agenda, and I think he may have let that get the best of him in that conversation.”