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Scaramucci tricked into endorsing Democrat running for president

Bullock used the website Cameo to get Scaramucci to record the message.


Andrew Wyrich


Posted on Oct 31, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 12:07 am CDT

2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Gov. Steve Bullock (D-Mont.) posted a video of former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci unwittingly (kind of) endorsing his candidacy on Thursday.

Bullock, who is polling near the bottom of the wide-array of 2020 Democrats, posted a video Scaramucci made on the website Cameo, which allows people to get personalized messages from celebrities or other high-profile people for a price.

In the video, Scaramucci—who has had a recent falling out with his former boss, President Donald Trump—appears to unwittingly endorse Bullock’s bid to take on Trump in the 2020 presidential election.

“Steve B, just got booked by the Mooch! We support you Steve B. I know you got a tough race ahead of you. But you’ve done this before. You know how to win,” Scaramucci says in the video. “Just keep putting one boot in front of the other and march ahead. I’m behind you 100 percent. See you at the finish line.”

Bullock explained in a series of tweets that Scaramucci didn’t know who paid him $100 for the video through Cameo. The Montana governor then used the bit to make a point about money in politics.

“You know what’s really spooky this Halloween? The fact that a former Trump White House Communications Director will say anything you ask him to for $100,” Bullock wrote on Twitter. “Mr. Scaramucci didn’t know the source of the $100, but he allowed it to enter his wallet despite the potential consequences — just like how our broken campaign finance system allows Dark Money to enter our elections & influence our politics. A frightening tale indeed!”

Scaramucci didn’t seem to enjoy the prank from Bullock, saying that the money spent on the video would be “more than your campaign is going to have” if Bullock drops out of the race.

“It’s $100 more than your campaign is going to have when it’s over and to think it goes to charity! @BookCameo Happy Halloween Governor!” he tweeted.

While Scaramucci didn’t seem find humor in it, many others did.


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*First Published: Oct 31, 2019, 10:53 am CDT