After grabbing national headlines for a profanity-laced interview with The New Yorker, White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci has scrubbed plans to attend this weekend’s Politicon convention in Pasadena.
“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,” according to organizers. “At least now we don’t have to worry about violating any local obscenity laws.”
A photo of Scaramucci had appeared on the event’s website listing of participants. But unlike other photos on the site that link to biographies of participants, clicking on Scaramucci’s picture takes viewers to a page “not found” error message.
Scaramucci had signed on to appear at the two-day political “Comic-Con- like” gathering long before he was appointed White House communications director.
He found himself at the center of growing White House discord this week, first in a series of Twitter posts that appeared to suggest that newly ousted — or “resigned” — White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus had publicly leaked one of Scaramucci’s financial disclosure forms.
He then gave a profanity-filled interview to The New Yorker, slamming Priebus and Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump’s senior strategist.
After the interview was published, Scaramucci first posted on Twitter that he is known for using “colorful language” but he would try to refrain.
He later tweeted that he made a mistake by “trusting” the reporter who wrote The New Yorker story, although the interview was conducted on the record, according to the publication.
Politicians, celebrities and people who are just plain political junkies will gather in Pasadena beginning Saturday for Politicon, a non- partisan two-day event of panel discussions, meet-and-greets and lively discussion.
“The political climate in Washington has created so much division that this summer is a perfect time for people of all political stripes to come together for a weekend of smart political discussion, heated debate and quite a bit of fun,” according to event organizers.
More than 8,000 people attended last year’s event — billed as an “Unconventional Political Convention” — with an even bigger crowd anticipated at this year’s gathering at the Pasadena Convention Center.
The two-day event will feature discussions with alluring titles such as “How Democrats Can Emerge from the Wilderness,” “All the Presidents’ Movies,” “Trump: Genius or Lunatic,” “Sex, Presidents and Handmaids Hosted by Lady Freak,” “Trump vs. The Media,” “Politics and Dirty Tricks,” “Trump and the Giant Impeachment,” “Mr. Trump, Tear Down This Wall” and “Now What, Republicans?”
Tickets for the event cost $50 per day, or $80 for the weekend, and are available online at www.politicon.com/tickets.
–City News Service
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