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Trump’s former communications chief offers disturbing explanation for president’s lies

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On CNN’s “New Day” Friday morning, former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci discussed President Donald Trump’s compulsive lying — and warned that Trump’s disregard for the truth is just a way he plays the media for kicks.

“He’s very consistent,” said Scaramucci, who was fired 10 days into his job with the Trump administration after making a graphic genital-related analogy about then-White House strategist Steve Bannon. “He’s probably consistent over the last 40 years in terms of the way he frames a narrative and a story.”

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“He does it because he thinks it’s fun,” Scaramucci continued. “And he also does it because he likes the fact that you guys are talking about it. At the end of the day, for him, he’s figured out that there’s a very large group of people inside of our population that when he does it, and the media talks about it, they laugh.”

He then recounted an anecdote of a Trump supporter in Detroit who told him that he likes how Trump throws off the mainstream political class. “I don’t like the political establishment, I don’t like the media establishment, and I like seeing him tweak those people.”

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