As I’ve come to learn from interviewing Anthony Scaramucci countless times and knowing him personally, he is always didactic but never bombastic, and he employs his self-deprecating sense of humor with remarkable effectiveness, especially in his new book, "Trump, the Blue-Collar President."
Scaramucci immediately lets the reader know he was White House Communications Director for eleven days, not ten, and then discusses the repercussions.
“The press descended like wasps on my parents’ house. When I heard, I went over to see how my folks were doing. As I pulled into the driveway, my mother was standing in the front doorway as reporters pointed microphones and cameras at her. My mom had a look on her face that I knew well. It was the same expression she wore when she’d say to me, 'Wait until your father gets home!'”
“Get the f*** off my lawn!” she yelled at them.
“Ma,” I said, “that’s what got me into trouble in the first place.”
When he was first accepted to law school, Scaramucci’s mother told people he was going to “Hartford.” She meant Harvard. Scaramucci takes pride in these stories and his Italian working-class roots and their authenticity makes him extremely likeable. You don’t have a conversation with Scaramucci as much as you just turn him on and let him go and he’ll discuss everything from the Mets to the Marshall Plan. Like Scaramucci, "The Blue-Collar President" is very colloquial, so I get the sense that it was dictated rather than written, which I consider a positive, because it’s as if you’re sitting across from Scaramucci and he’s talking to you.
Scaramucci covers his working-class roots and his youth with amusing anecdotes about his uncle’s motorcycle shop, his “Guido” hairstyles, and paper route. Unlike other kids, Scaramucci didn’t throw newspapers haphazardly at people’s homes. He placed them carefully at the front door. He gave free papers to potential subscribers and as a teenager amassed a route so large it needed four kids to take over when he left. Scaramucci contributed to the Harvard Law Review, but he did so via ad sales rather than written work. He is a real blue-collar success story and writes about his own rise to fame and power as much as Trump’s, although Scaramucci’s life is far more interesting and compelling. The book examines world history, ranging from Scaramucci’s critique of The Marshall Plan to his analysis of FDR’s impact on television, and he ultimately uses these discussions as a setup to justify Trump’s policy choices.
I have a journalist friend who hates Trump but calls him an “emotional genius” for his ability to connect with his audience and Scaramucci addresses that talent as well.
“Part of his genius as a candidate is to boil down the most complex issue to bite-size language.” According to Scaramucci, Trump was “able to fuse the anger of the middle and lower classes with power and money of the establishment.”
Scaramucci also offers up plenty of revisionist history regarding Trump’s business accomplishments and what an all-around genius he is, and this can be embraced or rejected by the reader, along with an equal amount of good, insightful analysis.
Scaramucci refers to Trump as “the first shock-jock candidate,” and his analysis of Trump’s attack on John McCain not being a war hero is that it helped Trump more than it hurt.
“What few realized at the time was that his attack on Senator McCain sent red meat to his base. It gave them notice that he was going to come in and disrupt the way things stood, and he was going to do it in the only way he knew how: by saying something you couldn’t miss.”
Scaramucci says that, “I’ve always thought of myself as a guy who calls balls and strikes as I see them, however, and this book will be no different.” He acknowledges his own mistakes and shortcomings, something that will never be attributed to Donald Trump. Scaramucci occasionally disagrees with Trump, yet "Trump, the Blue-Collar President" is most often a love letter to Trump, so his supporters will enjoy it, and for those of us who hate Trump, the book gives an insightful look into his popularity and success, because Scaramucci has a real understanding of how Trump thinks.
I concur with Scaramucci that Trump successfully converted blue collar voters and others who once voted for Democrats, but I don’t agree that Trump is a good president, or a fine man propelled by altruism. My favorite Scaramucci observation is this: “In all other areas of life but the presidency people seem to root for the outsider. They want to see the underdog prevail against a system that’s keeping everyone down.”
Ironically, the first time the public decided to choose an outsider as President of the United States, it was Donald Trump.
Rob Taub has enjoyed an eclectic career in film, television, radio, and journalism. He has interviewed everyone from pop stars to presidents and he has written more than 250 articles for People Magazine, FoxNews.com, SI/Cauldron, The Huffington Post, and Thrive Global. Rob is a respected Diabetes Advocate and Obesity Ambassador, writing and speaking regularly about Type 2 diabetes and health. Follow him on Twitter @robmtaub or at www.RobTaub.com. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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