President Trump's New Communications Director Just Said a Controversial Quote

July 27th 2017

Danielle DeCourcey

President Donald Trump's new communications director used a controversial quote during a TV interview. On Thursday, Anthony Scaramucci called into CNN's "New Day" to protest White House leaks to the press. He told the show's Chris Cuomo that the press should take some advice from Joe Paterno.

“Remember Joe Paterno? What would he say? ‘Act like you’ve been there before,'" Scaramucci said. "Act with honor and dignity and respect and hold the confidence of the presidency in his office.”

The controversial Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) football coach had the most wins of any college football coach in history at the time when he was accused of helping to cover up sexual assaults committed by his assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

People on Twitter were shocked to hear Scaramucci quote Paterno.

There were systemic failures that allowed Sandusky to molest boys for years.

CNN's updated timeline of the case show how there were multiple opportunities to stop Sandusky, but nothing was done.

Sandusky was a football coach at Penn State for 32 years, and founded a non-profit organization for boys, The Second Mile, in 1977. The investigation and trial that lead to his 2012 rape convictions, uncovered that Sandusky used the non-profit to groom and molest young boys from 1994 to 1997. There were also additional incidents uncovered after that time period.

  • The Penn State police investigated him in 1998 after a woman accused Sandusky of showering with her son. The coach admitted to showering and said he would never do it, again. Charges were not filed and Sandusky retired from Penn State the next year with emeritus status and continued access to the campus.
  • In 2000, a janitor at Penn State told his boss and another janitor that he saw Sandusky molest a boy in showers on campus, but no one reported the incident to the university administration or to the police.
  • In 2002, graduate assistant Mike McQueary told Paterno that he saw Sandusky sexually abusing a boy in showers on campus, and Paterno supposedly reported the incident ot the Athletic Director Tim Curley. However, McQueary later testified that when he went to tell Curley and Senior Vice President for Finance and Business Gary Schultz, they said they never heard about the accusation previously. They did not start an investigation.
  • In 2008, a boy's mother called her son's high school to report that Sandusky sexually assaulted her son multiple times, and the principal called the police. An investigation began.
  • In 2011, Sandusky was arraigned on multiple criminal counts. Curley and Schultz were also arraigned for failing to report child abuse, McQueary was placed on indefinite leave, and Paterno was fired.
  • In June 2012, Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts and his bail was revoked. He was later sentenced to a minimum of 30 years and a maximum of 60 years. He was 68 years old at the time of the sentence.
  • In July 2012, an independent inquiry by a former FBI director found that Penn State employees showed a "total and consistent disregard" for Sandusky's victims and engaged in a cover up.

Cases like Sandusky's are why sexual assault victims are afraid to report to authorities.

There were multiple opportunities for officials to report and investigate Sandusky, with many alleging that the reputation and revenue of the Penn State football program was prioritized over sexual assault victims. Sexual assault victims consistently report being afraid that officials and even police won't believe them or won't take any action. Out of 1000 rapes only 310 are actually reported to the police, and only 57 actually result in an arrest, according to the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN). Furthermore, only 1 percent of male military members report their sexual assault.

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