The stalwart conservative publication “Weekly Standard” published an editorial Monday calling on President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to resign over his lavish spending and numerous ethics scandals, saying: “The time has come for him to go.”
The Weekly Standard’s editors said that while Pruitt has done some good work and accomplished major conservative goals that the publication supports, he has gone way too far with his lavish spending and ethics scandals.
“The media, and especially the New York Times and Washington Post from which other media take their cue, shared the view of rank and file EPA bureaucrats that Pruitt was ‘anti-science’ and therefore illegitimate. His deregulatory efforts, in their view, would result in environmental catastrophe,” the editors wrote.
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They argued that the EPA chief also “invites” the controversy, calling out his lavish dinners, a new SUV, first-class flights, an expensive security detail, a condo rental from a lobbyist couple and more, leading to nearly a dozen federal investigations into him.
“As those who view the environmentalist movement with skepticism, we find the whole thing deeply regrettable. But we reject the common assumption that public officials should get a pass so long as they hold the right policy opinions, whatever those opinions are,” they said.
“We share Pruitt’s views on environmental deregulation and value his accomplishments in office. But the time has come for him to go.”