Anthony Scaramucci appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher on a panel that included campaign manager, political analyst, and author Donna Brazile and David Frum, conservative commentator and senior editor at The Atlantic. Frum has been critical of Donald Trump and perhaps it was inevitable that the conversation would heat up.
What started out as pleasant banter about Trump's lawsuit against Maher for joking that Trump was the "spawn of his mother having sex with an orangutan" quickly escalated and veered off topic — and on to the subject of Scaramucci's alleged shady business practices with China.
It started when Frum asked:
I have a question for you. Before you went into government, you received an enormous offer from a Chinese group, for the purchase of your company, $90 million, and after you came out the purchasers lost interest. How am I to understand that?
As Scaramucci launched into a long explanation that no one seemed to understand, Maher tried to lighten the mood by getting the Mooch off the topic. But that didn't work and Frum and Scaramucci continued to throw insults at each other.
In the end, nothing was resolved and questions went unanswered. Which isn't a big surprise.
The fighting continued the next day on Twitter:
Twitter wanted to know more about Scaramucci's business dealings with China:
It looked like you were pretty uncomfortable when he asked you about the sale of your company to China... 🤔— ReasonsWhy (@Percifice) February 4, 2018
Clearly you're still nurturing your anger at Frum's question last night about your business sale. Why didn't you just QUICKLY answer, move on instead of prolonging discussion. Interesting you accused Frum of being angry when it looks like it's you. "Forgettaboutit!"— Progressive Titan (@BirchTreeHill) February 4, 2018
Mad that he called out your pay for play on Bill Maher?— Karen Garvey (@KarenGarvey71) February 4, 2018
They even asked Frum to explain the question:
Please continue with what you were about to disclose last night.— Lincoln's Bible (@LincolnsBible) February 3, 2018
And Frum didn't disappoint:
Some people were upset that Maher kept interrupting the discussion:
Sometimes...Bill Maher just needs to STFU. David Frum was handing baby Mooch his ass and Bill saved Mooch.— Gone_Girl187 (@GoneGirl187) February 3, 2018
Not sure Bill Maher was interested in “theater” - more a pathetic need to show Scaramucci had his back. Totally cringe worthy to see Maher go to such great lengths to silence Frum’s good point about corruption. Chinese government buying access - not too hard to understand.— clay (@clayfrom80) February 4, 2018