Anthony Scaramucci Wants His Trump Book Taught in Poli-Sci and Business Classes
The Mooch said it's "a mistake" for members of the Trump administration to shy away from appearing on more combative cable networks like CNN.
Anthony Scaramucci is a busy man. Before leaving the country for two weeks, and while (seemingly) getting to a taping of a television hit with Howard Kurtz on Fox News, Scaramucci talked about selling a book to the conservative-leaning Hachette imprint Center Street and why it took a bit longer to get a deal than he originally hoped.
The short-lived White House communications director's book will be called The Blue Collar President: How Trump Is Reinventing the Aspirational Working Class, meant as a businessperson's guide to how Trump has leaned on his entrepreneurial spirit during the early part of his presidency. (He admitted during a conversation with The Hollywood Reporter that he doesn't know how to pronounce the name of publisher Hachette — "Is it Ha-chett-y? Or, Ha-chett?")
"When I came out of the White House, I was approached about potentially doing a book," Scaramucci said on Thursday afternoon. "I think that the problem was that the books that I think people wanted were not books that I really wanted to write. So, that sort of fizzled out. I would say my first attempt at writing a book about this experience that I had fizzled out. I think people were looking for, frankly, a tell-all book, or they were looking for some kind of of salacious book."
Scaramucci, who still talks to President Trump occasionally, said he's "very fond" of the president and had no interest in doing a take-down. "I would rather write a book about him as an entrepreneur, him as a brand marketing genius, him as a very competitive guy — how he brushes off personal attacks, how he handles different situations," he said. "I feel I'm equipped to write that book because I'm an entrepreneur, ... so I think I have a vantage point on the president that could be unique from a reporter, from a typical person that's worked on a presidential campaign."
President Trump is known to promote books about him on Twitter, leveraging his nearly 50 million followers to help drive sales, though Scaramucci said he hasn't discuss his book deal with the president.
"If this book is successful, a political scientist will pick it up and add it to his course syllabus, but also a business school professor will do the same," Scaramucci said.
When asked if his book will be better than his rival Sean Spicer's forthcoming book (The Briefing, from Regnery Publishing), Scaramucci laughed and said, "I have no idea." Spicer's book is going to focus predominantly on media bias, but Scaramucci said, "The press bias doesn't bother me at all. ... If anything, I'm going to write about why we need more free press and more accountability by public leaders, not less."
He called Michael Wolff's successful book about the Trump administration, Fire & Fury, "a joke" and "a fiction book that was put in the nonfiction category."
Scaramucci also talked about his re-emergence on cable news in recent months, which he said followed a decision to lay low after his high-profile firing last summer. "Once [Steve Bannon] blew up the way he did, I thought it was important to go back on, you know what I'm saying?" he said.
As someone who has braved interviews on CNN, Scaramucci made the case for members of the Trump administration to "get out of the style box," to drop "the war declaration on the media," to leave the friendlier confines of Fox News and to branch out to other networks. "The president has the personality and the skill set to transcend that," he said. "So, the more media outlets that he's presented on, the better for him. For me, I don't have any problem going on [CNN anchor Chris Cuomo's] show, or you pick whatever opinionated media potential adversary, you know what I mean?"
Scaramucci said he doesn't have any film or television projects on the horizon, but added, "You never know with me, though, right?"