INCOMING! Scott Pruitt's editorial barrage

Newspaper editorialists take aim at Scott Pruitt. A few come to his defense. Here's a coast-to-coast sampling.


Star-Ledger,Newark NJ: "Donald Trump doesn't even flinch when the EPA director locks lips with lobbyists and uses his budget as a slush fund."


Journal Times, Racine, WI: "EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has accumulated an astonishing array of wasteful-spending accusations during his time in office."

Lowell (MA) Sun: "The blizzard of ethical questions surrounding Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has become a Category 5 storm."

Gazette-Mail,Charleston, WV: "Donald Trump campaign crowds loved to chant, "Drain the swamp!" But if ever there was a political swamp creature, it's Scott Pruitt, the man Trump picked to head the EPA."

Houston Chronicle: "On the next episode of the Trump administration's reality show, the latest character the president needs to vote off the island is Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt."

Los Angeles Times:"(Pruitt) does not belong in public service. He's an embarrassment even to this administration. Which is saying something."

New York Times: "At Pruitt's E.P.A.: No Studies, No Data, No Rules."

Wall Street Journal:"The latest test of loyalty ... will be whether Mr. Trump stands behind Scott Pruitt as Washington's green political machine tries to oust the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator for supposedly grave ethics offenses."

Washington Post:"In any normal administration, Scott Pruitt would be gone."

Oklahoman:"Pruitt remains on the job and we hope that continues, because he's made a difference at the EPA."

Joplin (MO) Globe: "Pruitt is dangerous. He puts the interests of corporations above those of American citizens in direct opposition to the stated mission of the EPA to protect human health and the environment."

Chicago Tribune:"Under Scott Pruitt's leadership, EPA stands for Ethical Problems Abound. Or is it Ethical Practices Avoided?"


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