Read a Bunch of Trump Administration Dummies Argue With an Email Troll They Thought Was Their Coworkers

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Secretary of Energy Rick Perry is not the only member of Donald Trump’s White House with a “Jerky Boys” problem.

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A CNN report on Monday indicated a number of Trump administration officials, including dearly departed communications director Anthony Scaramucci, Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert and ambassador to Russia-designate Jon Huntsman all fell for an email prank from Twitter user @SINON_REBORN, who describes himself on Twitter as a “lazy anarchist.”

The three officials all fell for the UK-based prankster, who posed as various other administration staff or members of Trump’s awful family. Here’s what the prankster wrote to Bossert while posing as Trump’s son-in-law and boy wonder, Jared Kushner:

Tom, we are arranging a bit of a soirée towards the end of August. It would be great if you could make it, I promise food of at least comparible [sic] quality to that which we ate in Iraq. Should be a great evening.

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Bossert wrote back:

Thanks, Jared. With a promise like that, I can’t refuse. Also, if you ever need it, my personal email is [redacted].

Scaramucci, who was ousted this week after his very public feud with former Chief of Staff Reince Preibus led to Priebus being kicked out too, fell for the prank as well ... while the prankster was posing as Priebus.

@SINON_REBORN, under the guise of “Priebus,” seemed to successfully goad Scaramucci into getting very mad online. It’s unclear whether the email messages contributed to the feud, according to CNN.

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Here’s what the fake Priebus wrote:

I had promised myself I would leave my hands mud free, but after reading your tweet today which stated how; ‘soon we will learn who in the media who has class, and who hasn’t’, has pushed me to this. That tweet was breathtakingly hypocritical, even for you. At no stage have you acted in a way that’s even remotely classy, yet you believe that’s the standard by which everyone should behave towards you? General Kelly will do a fine job. I’ll even admit he will do a better job than me. But the way in which that transition has come about has been diabolical. And hurtful. I don’t expect a reply.

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Scaramucci replied, with his typical braggadocio:

You know what you did. We all do. Even today. But rest assured we were prepared. A Man would apologize.

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The prankster shot back:

I can’t believe you are questioning my ethics! The so called ‘Mooch’, who can’t even manage his first week in the White House without leaving upset in his wake. I have nothing to apologize for.”

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Scaramucci replied:

Read Shakespeare. Particularly Othello. You are right there. My family is fine by the way and will thrive. I know what you did. No more replies from me.

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In a followup message @SINON_REBORN tweeted but which was not included in the CNN report, the fake Priebus taunted Scaramucci about his “zero dollar pay scale,” adding “Keep spell checking your press releases, Anthony. It’s me that will be thriving.”

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Though Scaramucci did not reply to the final message, it’s unclear whether that was because he had realized “Priebus” was a fake, or he was just getting madder.

But “the Mooch” fell for the prank not just once, but twice, as the prankster also pretended to be Huntsman. The troll sent Scaramucci an email saying:

Who’s [sic] head should roll first? Maybe I can help things along somewhat.

Scaramucci replied, “both of them,” almost certainly referring to Priebus and Trump’s resident angry bigot, Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. After a bit of @SINON_REBORN’s flattery, Scaramucci, who surely should have been at least partially aware of the Russian ambassador-designate’s location, replied, “Are you in Moscow now? If not please visit.”

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The prankster also posed as Trump’s son Eric, fooling Huntsman. In response to an unspecified note from the fake Eric, the real Huntsman wrote:

Thanks for the thoughtful note. Russia will be a challenging but no doubt rewarding assignment.

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The fake Eric shot back:

Maybe we could have Dad sat (sic) on a horse, top off, giving the full Putin! He’s in better shape than his suits suggest.

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Amazingly, the real Eric Trump was the smartest person in the room. He quickly caught on to the hoax, telling @SINON_REBORN, “I have sent this to law enforcement who will handle from here.”

According to CNN, none of the officials involved clicked any email links, nor was the prankster motivated by anything more than “mischief.” But had any of them done so, said link could have easily led to any number of malicious outcomes—like a compromised email account or malware being dumped on their smartphones or computers.

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Look, phishing scams can hit just about everyone, and the Trump administration is composed of people who are just humans. Very, very dumb humans, who should probably not be trusted with any kind of serious responsibilities.

[CNN]

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“You know what you did. We all do. Even today. But rest assured we were prepared. A Man would apologize.”

“Read Shakespeare. Particularly Othello. You are right there. My family is fine by the way and will thrive. I know what you did. No more replies from me.”

Wait a minute. What part of Othello? Cause we might have some real shit on our hands.

Act I

Roderigo, a wealthy and dissolute gentleman, complains to his friend Iago, an ensign, that Iago has not told him about the secret marriage between Desdemona, the daughter of a Senator named Brabantio, and Othello, a Moorish general in the Venetian army. Roderigo is upset because he loves Desdemona and had asked her father for her hand in marriage.

Iago hates Othello for promoting a younger man named Cassio above him, whom Iago considers less capable a soldier than himself, and tells Roderigo that he plans to use Othello for his own advantage. Iago convinces Roderigo to wake Brabantio and tell him about his daughter’s elopement. Meanwhile, Iago sneaks away to find Othello and warns him that Brabantio is coming for him.

Brabantio, provoked by Roderigo, is enraged and will not rest until he has beheaded Othello, but he finds Othello’s residence full of the Duke of Venice’s guards, who prevent violence. News has arrived in Venice that the Turksare going to attack Cyprus; therefore Othello is summoned to advise the senators. Brabantio has no option but to accompany Othello to the Duke’s residence, where he accuses Othello of seducing Desdemona by witchcraft.

Othello defends himself before the Duke of Venice, Brabantio’s kinsmen Lodovico and Gratiano, and various senators. Othello explains that Desdemona became enamoured of him for the sad and compelling stories he told of his life before Venice, not because of any witchcraft. The senate is satisfied, once Desdemona confirms that she loves Othello, but Brabantio leaves saying that Desdemona will betray Othello: “Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see:/She has deceived her father, and may thee,” (Act I, Sc 3). Iago, still in the room, takes note of Brabantio’s remark. By order of the Duke, Othello leaves Venice to command the Venetian armies against invading Turks on the island of Cyprus, accompanied by his new wife, his new lieutenant Cassio, his ensign Iago, and Iago’s wife, Emilia, as Desdemona’s attendant.

Act II

The party arrives in Cyprus to find that a storm has destroyed the Turkish fleet. Othello orders a general celebration and leaves to consummate his marriage with Desdemona. In his absence, Iago gets Cassio drunk, and then persuades Roderigo to draw Cassio into a fight. Montano tries to calm an angry and drunk Cassio down, but end up fighting one another. Montano is injured in the fight. Othello reenters and questions the men as to what happened. Othello blames Cassio for the disturbance and strips him of his rank. Cassio is distraught. Iago persuades Cassio to importune Desdemona to convince her husband to reinstate Cassio.

Act III

Iago now persuades Othello to be suspicious of Cassio and Desdemona. When Desdemona drops a handkerchief (the first gift given to her by Othello), Emilia finds it, and gives it to her husband Iago, at his request, unaware of what he plans to do with it. Othello reenters and vows with Iago for the death of Desdemona and Cassio, after which he makes Iago his lieutenant. Act III, scene iii is considered to be the turning point of the play as it is the scene in which Iago successfully sows the seeds of doubt in Othello’s mind, inevitably sealing Othello’s fate.

Act IV

Iago plants the handkerchief in Cassio’s lodgings, then tells Othello to watch Cassio’s reactions while Iago questions him. Iago goads Cassio on to talk about his affair with Bianca, a local courtesan, but whispers her name so quietly that Othello believes the two men are talking about Desdemona. Later, Bianca accuses Cassio of giving her a second-hand gift which he had received from another lover. Othello sees this, and Iago convinces him that Cassio received the handkerchief from Desdemona.

Enraged and hurt, Othello resolves to kill his wife and asks Iago to kill Cassio. Othello proceeds to make Desdemona’s life miserable, hitting her in front of visiting Venetian nobles. Meanwhile, Roderigo complains that he has received no results from Iago in return for his money and efforts to win Desdemona, but Iago convinces him to kill Cassio.

Act V

Roderigo, having been manipulated by Iago, attacks Cassio in the street after Cassio leaves Bianca’s lodgings. Cassio wounds Roderigo. During the scuffle, Iago comes from behind Cassio and badly cuts his leg. In the darkness, Iago manages to hide his identity, and when Lodovico and Gratiano hear Cassio’s cries for help, Iago joins them. When Cassio identifies Roderigo as one of his attackers, Iago secretly stabs Roderigo to stop him revealing the plot. Iago then accuses Bianca of the failed conspiracy to kill Cassio.

Othello confronts Desdemona, and then strangles her to death in their bed. When Emilia arrives, Othello accuses Desdemona of adultery. Emilia calls for help. The former governor Montano arrives, with Gratiano and Iago. When Othello mentions the handkerchief as proof, Emilia realizes what her husband Iago has done, and she exposes him, whereupon he kills her. Othello, belatedly realising Desdemona’s innocence, stabs Iago but not fatally, saying that he would rather have Iago live the rest of his life in pain.

Iago refuses to explain his motives, vowing to remain silent from that moment on. Lodovico apprehends both Iago and Othello for the murders of Roderigo and Emilia, but Othello commits suicide. Lodovico appoints Gratiano Othello’s successor and exhorts Cassio to punish Iago justly.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Othello