It’s been a tough week for Anthony Scaramucci, and anti-Trump CNN seems all too eager to rub salt in the wound.
A British prankster posing as Reince Priebus fooled Scaramucci with a series of emails he later shared with CNN.
Scaramucci took over Priebus’ role as White House Communications Director for 11 days before President Trump terminated his position after he went on a profanity laced tirade against Priebus during an interview with the New Yorker.
The prankster who goes by Twitter handle Sinon Reborn said he thought he was playing an “accurate” portrayal of Priebus when he emailed Scaramcucci with a fake mail.com account.
I think what I said to @Scaramucci when I was playing the part of @Reince was actually quite an accurate summary of his behaviour pic.twitter.com/9dPyNwYvUX
— James Linton (@SINON_REBORN) July 31, 2017
The real Scaramucci replied, CNN eagerly reported:
“You know what you did. We all do. Even today. But rest assured we were prepared. A Man would apologize,” Scaramucci responded.
The fake Priebus was quick to fire back.
“I can’t believe you are questioning my ethics! The so called ‘Mooch’, who can’t even manage his first week in the White House without leaving upset in his wake. I have nothing to apologize for.”
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That’s when Scaramucci repeated the cryptic “I know what you did” back to the fake account.
“Read Shakespeare. Particularly Othello,” Scaramucci responded. “You are right there. My family is fine by the way and will thrive. I know what you did. No more replies from me.”
The prankster then tweeted his retort, touting he never got a further response from Scaramucci:
Reince (me) giving @Scaramucci something to think about. He never replied haha pic.twitter.com/hutjACmogR
— James Linton (@SINON_REBORN) August 1, 2017
The prankster didn’t just have “fun” with Scaramucci as Priebus, but also duped him again pretending to be Ambassador to Russia-designate Jon Huntsman Jr. while using a Gmail account.
“Who’s (sic) head should roll first?” the bogus Huntsman asked before the Priebus termination had been announced, CNN reported. “Maybe I can help things along somewhat.”
“Both of them,” responded the real Scaramucci, in an apparent reference to both Priebus and White House Senior Adviser Steve Bannon.
This isn’t the prankster’s first rodeo. He’s duped numerous big bank CEOs in the past, and included several other Trump insiders in his latest go-round.
A look at his Twitter account shows he has a problem with the Trump sons love of hunting. And is perhaps why Eric Trump was another one of the prankster’s latest targets for a brief moment, until he caught on.
NEW PRANK on ERIC TRUMP!! I'm playing the part of Donald Trump Jr.
GENUINE exchange today #LetsGoHunting pic.twitter.com/QYMIdsQ4eh
— James Linton (@SINON_REBORN) July 13, 2017
The pranks highlight cyber vulnerability even in America’s highest and most classified positions.
While, this round seemed more of an embarrassment than anything, it goes to show that much work in the area of cyber security needs to be done.
It’s safe to assume the prankster’s decision to share the emails with anti-Trump CNN was no accident. He also fired off a tweet that suggested his targeting of Scaramucci was personal.
I targeted @Scaramucci as i've suffered from mental health problems all my life, and he seems to think paranoid schizophrenia is a put down
— James Linton (@SINON_REBORN) August 1, 2017
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Scaramucci loosely accused Priebus of having “schizophrenia” in his fiery tirade.
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