Liberty University, never an institution to shy away from unconventional speakers, will be rolling out the red carpet for a real doozy at an upcoming convocation. Anthony Scaramucci, who was the White House Communications Director for a brief but extraordinarily memorable period earlier this year, will speak at the nation’s largest nonprofit university convocation in November, the Richmond Times-Dispatch confirmed.
If you missed it, Scaramucci’s White House tenure was one for the history books. His hiring was so controversial that former White House Communication Director Sean Spicer resigned in protest, and former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus was reportedly ousted over his objections to Scaramucci as well.
Scaramucci (known as “The Mooch” to some people, evidently) came on board anyway and quickly went on the warpath for any White House staffers who leaked to the press. That resulted in a jaw-dropping interview with the New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza, in which Scaramucci unleashed an obscenity-marked stream of violent threats against Priebus, Steve Bannon, the media, his new Comms team and around half of America on the record that got him the pink slip just days later.
According to Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr., Scaramucci was booked as a convocation speaker prior to his stint at the White House. Falwell, who’s been a loudly vocal supporter of President Donald Trump throughout his candidacy and presidency, said Scaramucci was referred to him by a Liberty graduate. No exact date has been set for his appearance.
What in Scaramucci’s resume suggests he’d be a good fit for Liberty’s convocation is a mystery, but Liberty has a history of inviting political insiders. Then-candidate Trump spoke there last year, along with Senators Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz. Joining Scaramucci on the guest speakers list this year are Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins; Akbar Gbaja-Biamila, Grant McCartney and Meagan Martin from American Ninja Warrior; Benjamin Watson of the Baltimore Ravens; Senior Pastor Robert Morris of Gateway Church; and the Harlem Globetrotters.