Support is quickly fading within the Republican party for President Trump's Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Scott Pruitt. In the past several months, stories describing the rampant corruption and lack of concern for the environment among EPA leadership have been dripping out at a steady pace. Things have gotten so bad, in fact, that even Fox News pundits like Laura Ingraham feel they can no longer defend Pruitt's continued leadership of the agency.
The amount of unethical behavior a Republican must participate in to warrant a denouncement from Fox News is pretty stunning. In the past week, it was revealed Pruitt told a congressional aide to find a job for his wife paying more than $200k. Later that same day, CNN broke a story about Pruitt keeping a secret calendar to hide controversial meetings from the world.
But that's far from all! It was also reported that Pruitt told President Donald Trump he should fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions and give Pruitt the job. Meanwhile, stories about out of control spending in Pruitt's department (like his 24/7 security detail that costs taxpayers $3.5 million a year) continue to circulate.
Ingraham has called for Pruitt's resignation before, claiming his bad judgement is harming the President:
Then again, many see Trump and Pruitt as two peas in a pod...
I’m with you on Pruitt needed to go, but it’s laughable that you don’t think he’s the example of a perfect cabinet member for the Trump administration. This is who they are.— Christie (@Christie_D22) June 13, 2018
There are over a dozen active federal investigations into Pruitt, but the President hasn't withdrawn his support for his administrator. Perhaps Trump sympathizes with a man suspected of so much and admitting to so little. Republicans on capital hill aren't so excited about the EPA Administrator staying on board, however, with Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) suggesting Pruitt should resign if he can't stop the steady stream of scandals against him.
Iowa Senators Charles Grassley and Joni Ernst have expressed similar sentiments. At a June energy policy forum, Ernst even went so far as to say:
[Pruitt] is about as swampy as you get here in Washington, D.C. And if the president wants to drain the swamp, he needs to take a look at his own Cabinet.
Social media has long since made up its mind about the climate-change-denying head of the EPA:
This guy just cannot find his moral compass!— St Molly 💙 #VoteBlueNoMatterWho (@Stmolly4) July 5, 2018
Scott Pruitt is a deeply weird, profoundly corrupt dude.— Clara Jeffery (@ClaraJeffery) July 4, 2018
At this point, there's only one thing to wonder about the current EPA:
How many new Scott Pruitt scandals will break today?— Alexander Nazaryan (@alexnazaryan) July 5, 2018