Joe Paterno and Anthony Scaramucci

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Scaramucci says White House should act with dignity, like Joe Paterno

That's maybe not the best person to emulate.

Jul 27, 2017, 8:43 am*

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David Covucci

Former Press Secretary Sean Spicer may be remembered for his horrifically bad gaffes. But he’s likely resting easy given the two days newly appointed White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci has had.

On Wednesday, Scaramucci proudly proclaimed that healthcare should work more like the airlines—one of the most notoriously customer-unfriendly industries out there—and Thursday morning, on CNN, he said he wanted the White House to be more like Penn State.

You know, that Penn State.

While on CNN decrying White House employees who leaked the press, Scaramucci said that White House staffers should act with the dignity of Joe Paterno.

“You remember Joe Paterno? What would he say?” Scaramucci pondered on CNN’s New Day. “Act like you’ve been there before. Act with honor and dignity and respect, and hold the confidence of the presidency in his office.”

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While Paterno fans will not be persuaded—despite the overwhelming evidence that the coach spent decades covering for his defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky, who systematically raped children—Scaramucci is right. JoePa was great at keeping stories from leaking to the press.

As for the president’s stance on Penn State, at a rally in April 2016, he said, “I know a lot about Pennsylvania, and it’s great. How’s Joe Paterno? We’re gonna bring that back? Right?”

Paterno died in 2012—but I guess they are going to bring that back.

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*First Published: Jul 27, 2017, 8:42 am