Newly appointed White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci will not speak at Politicon after making news with a bizarre, profanity-filled tirade to a reporter from The New Yorker and the convention’s co-founder is still in the dark amid conflicting media reports.
Politicon organizers issued the following statement to TheWrap: “While Anthony Scaramucci decided to cancel his scheduled appearance at Politicon this year, the beauty of Politicon is that we have dozens of huge names that political junkies will love, from Chelsea Handler, James Carville, America Ferrera, Cenk Uygur, and Rob Reiner to Ann Coulter, Roger Stone, Tomi Lahren, Ben Shapiro, and Ana Navarro. At least now we don’t have to worry about violating any local obscenity laws!”
Scaramucci was scheduled to speak in Freedom Hall at the Pasadena, California, event on Saturday afternoon in a session titled, “Anthony Scaramucci ‘Splains.” The convention’s website described the session as Scaramucci explaining, “Why we need Trump and what we miss when we refuse to listen.”
Scaramucci has been on a mission to crack down on White House leaks and has even threatened to fire the entire communications department. He made global news on Thursday when The New Yorker published comments he made during an on-the-record call with reporter Ryan Lizza.
“I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own c—,” Scaramucci said about Trump’s chief strategist during the heated phone call. Scaramucci also called Chief of Staff Reince Priebus “a f—ing paranoid schizophrenic” during the phone call that featured a variety of profanity.
Scaramucci traveled to New York with President Trump on Friday to watch his new boss deliver a speech regarding gang violence.
Politicon, billed as the “unconventional political convention,” takes place July 29-30 in Pasadena, California at the Pasadena Convention Center. The convention’s site calls it ” the quintessential non-partisan event of the year.”
The weekend includes panels, debates, art, podcasts, comedy and a variety of political heavyweights. Politicon is not affiliated with any political organizations, parties or PACS.