Scott Pruitt, the embattled chief of the Environmental Protection Agency, has been hit with calls for his resignation from the left, but now some on the right say his controversies are too much.
Republican Sen. James Inhofe, from Pruitt’s home state of Oklahoma, appeared to call for his resignation when speaking to Laura Ingraham on her radio program, but later walked back his comments.
“I see these things, they upset me as much as they upset you,” Inhofe said. “And I think something needs to happen to change that. One of those alternatives would be for him to leave that job.”
“I’m afraid my good friend Scott Pruitt has done some things that really surprised me. And I’m the one to say this because frankly he’s a good friend of mine,” he continued. “But all these things that are coming out are really not good things.”
Earlier Wednesday, Ingraham advocated for his resignation from her social media account.
“PRUITT BAD JUDGMENT HURTING [President Trump],” she tweeted. “GOTTA GO.”
“He’s hurting the president because he has, I’m sorry, bad judgment after bad judgment after bad judgment,” she said on her show according to the Hill.
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) June 13, 2018
“If you want to drain the swamp, you’ve got to have people in it who forgo personal benefits, and don’t send your aides around doing personal errands on the taxpayer dime,” she continued. “Otherwise, you make everybody else look bad.”
The conservative editorial board at National Review added to the fray Wednesday evening, while noting that they agree with the policies Pruitt has implemented.
NR’s editorial calling for Scott Pruitt to resign. https://t.co/rRD8OS3VLC
— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) June 14, 2018
The post outlined some of the controversies that had mired Pruitt.
“…we are now at a point where a good week for Pruitt sees only one report of behavior that is bizarre or venal,” the article read. “He seems to have used government employees to secure a job for his wife and to get a discount on a mattress.”
“His top aides got hefty raises,” it continued, “and Pruitt first told Fox News he did not know about those raises and then told a House committee that he did. He reportedly told aides to find reasons for him to take official trips to countries he wanted to see, and had security aides run errands such as searching for his favorite lotion. And that’s just the start.”
“Pruitt is replaceable,” the post concluded. “And he should be replaced.”