Former White House Press Secretary Anthony Scaramucci has resigned from the Tufts University Board of Advisers after a dispute with a graduate student who writes for the school newspaper.
Earlier this month, Camilo Caballero wrote two editorials that were critical of Scaramucci, asserting his opinion that the former Trump administration member shouldn't be on the board, saying: "A man who is irresponsible, inconsistent, an unethical opportunist and who exuded the highest degree of disreputability should not be on the Fletcher Board."
#BREAKING: Anthony Scaramucci resigns from Tufts board after weeks of battle with students. https://t.co/ruKKKyZTRx https://t.co/osDHMXRToA— The Boston Globe (@The Boston Globe) 1511884970.0
Another student, Carter Banker, also started a petition in October to get Scaramucci removed from the board.
Scaramucci responded in an open letter on Monday, arguing: "My involvement with the Trump administration, and the infamous nature of my firing, are not reasons to remove me from the Fletcher School Advisory Board."
In addition, Scaramucci threatened to sue the newspaper, The Tufts Daily, if it didn't "retract the false statements and issue a public apology" over the "spurious claims about my reputation and integrity."
The threats led to the postponement of an event at the university that was supposed to feature Scaramucci on Monday.
Tufts University postponed a Monday event featuring Anthony Scaramucci after he threatened to sue a student and the… https://t.co/Q3UA9EiuBA— The Boston Globe (@The Boston Globe) 1511749432.0
In response, Fletcher school professor Daniel Drezner wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post, stating: "Caballero stepped over the line in criticizing Fletcher for inviting Scaramucci to speak. With these legal shenanigans, however, the Mooch has traveled about three counties past the line, and just kept on going."
He added: "First of all, who in the hell looks at a student op-ed in a student newspaper and decides to sue the student and the newspaper?" Especially if he's simply seeking an apology.
You @Scaramucci are the antithesis of leadership and public service. Please go see a orthopedic surgeon & get a ba… https://t.co/arCtrklDvI— Tito Jackson (@Tito Jackson) 1511846994.0
But for Drezner, Scaramucci's resignation won't be a huge blow, considering that "he has neither attended an advisory board meeting nor given a single dollar to the school" since being appointed to the board.
The university confirmed Scaramucci's decision in a statement, saying, "This morning, Anthony Scaramucci informed The Fletcher School that he is resigning his position on the school’s Board of Advisors, effective immediately. We thank Mr. Scaramucci for his past service to Tufts and wish him well."
The ACLU, as well as Tufts University, claim they are currently advising Caballero over the threatened lawsuit.
We are advising Tufts grad student Camilo Caballero after he was threatened with a lawsuit by Anthony Scaramucci fo… https://t.co/MYQbmyYP8o— ACLU Massachusetts (@ACLU Massachusetts) 1511821831.0
On Twitter, people couldn't help but note that Scaramucci has lost yet another job:
Dude just can't hold down a job... https://t.co/BU60PJ23ER— kalani 🌊 #BlueWave2018 🌊 (@kalani 🌊 #BlueWave2018 🌊) 1511886388.0
@BostonGlobe People with better job security than #Scaramucci: 1. Random red shirt checking out an 'abandoned' pla… https://t.co/Wpt1Ac9gtl— Austin KJ Ballhagen (@Austin KJ Ballhagen) 1511896853.0
#BREAKING: Anthony Scaramucci resigns from Tufts board after weeks of battle with students. https://t.co/uxe3eVFTEn… https://t.co/wIxLlAPfz7— ALT- Immigration-Forbes Fanatic, rolled up 🛂 (@ALT- Immigration-Forbes Fanatic, rolled up 🛂) 1511887236.0
The former @WhiteHouse communications director, who lasted just 11 days here, has now resigned from the… https://t.co/T3aO16RMpo— Steve Herman (@Steve Herman) 1511885795.0
It looks like Tufts is going to have to think a bit more critically about who it appoints moving forward:
@BostonGlobe So the “brilliant” minds at Tufts and Harvard hired Scaramucci and Spicer. My, how once-prestigious schools have become a joke.— Flossie Bobbsey (@Flossie Bobbsey) 1511906346.0
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