President Donald Trump recently told reporters the head of his Environmental Protection Agency is being "attacked very viciously by the press." He was likely referring to mainstream media outlets that have chronicled allegations of self-dealing and wasteful spending at EPA for months on end.
But now a growing number of conservative publications and at least one prominent Fox News host say those reports leave the president with only one choice: to show EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt the door.
The latest shoe dropped on Wednesday, when the Washington Post reported that Pruitt tasked an aide with contacting Republican donors to find a job for his wife. Since it was revealed in late March that Pruitt rented a Capitol Hill condo linked to an energy lobbyist, he has faced a near constant flow of reports detailing questionable expenses and allegations of workplace retaliation, leading to several new investigations and bringing the total number of outstanding probes to about a dozen.
The Post's latest story prompted Laura Ingraham, host of the Ingraham Angle on Fox News, to tweet that Pruitt's bad judgment is hurting Trump. "GOTTA GO," she said.
PRUITT BAD JUDGMENT HURTING @POTUS, GOTTA GO: Pruitt had aide, GOP donors help wife find job: report
Later on Wednesday, the National Review also cited that story and several others to conclude that Pruitt should be replaced. According to the cornerstone of conservative thought, "we are now at a point where a good week for Pruitt sees only one report of behavior that is bizarre or venal."
"This is no way for any public official to treat taxpayers," it said.
The Weekly Standard was fairly quick to call for Pruitt's ouster. A month ago, the magazine's editors alleged mainstream media had it out for him, but they acknowledged he had invited their scorn by showing a "pattern" of "profligacies" and offenses that did not justify his firing alone, but together constituted a "major political problem."