Good Thursday morning.
Here is what’s on the president’s agenda today:
- The president receives his daily intelligence briefing
- President Trump participates in a roundtable discussion on tax reform in White Sulphur Springs, W.V.
Pruitt: the latest target of the left
The hysterical left wing is absolutely batty over EPA director Scott Pruitt. Pruitt is blowing up the progressives’ beloved job-killing “environmental” policies we all suffered under during the Obama administration. After an eight-year hiatus from scrutinizing high-level political appointees, the media and progressive fronts have begun an assault on Trump’s EPA secretary. The media campaign against Pruitt reminds one of, dare I say, an echo chamber…
Mollie Hemingway at The Federalist nails it:
Scott Pruitt Is Trump's Biggest Asset, So The Left Wants Him Gone https://t.co/TEwPFryu3y
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) April 4, 2018
Well-funded environmental groups, many with former EPA staffers, deluge the agency with FOIA requests to catch someone in a scandal. Unlike how they covered Obama-era EPA administrators, media outlets constantly request information about everything Pruitt does, from his schedule to his travel particulars. Whipped-up partisans have made unprecedented numbers of death threats against him and his family. Powerful liberals opine against him.
And she makes this important point about Pruitt: “he has the courage that so many of his GOP peers lack, not being intimidated by the normal media frenzy that intimidates other Republican appointees.”
The progressive front, in which I include the media, have been clucking about Pruitt’s rental of a condo, failing to mention it was signed off on by the EPA’s ethics office. The Hill writes that Pruitt had “no fixed address” after he moved out of his apartment rental.
After Pruitt ended his housing arrangement in August, he appears to not have kept a D.C. residence and instead traveled for work and stayed at his home in Tulsa for weeks, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday.
In that time, he took an extended vacation during which he had knee surgery and recuperated at home while still working, before returning to EPA headquarters in D.C. on Sept. 5, according to the Post.
Oh, the humanity. Can you imagine this level of scrutiny of any Obama cabinet member? Lisa Jackson, one of Obama’s EPA honchos, used a fake email address to avoid transparency requirements and we didn’t see this level of breathless coverage. Flint water scandal? Gold King Mine fiasco? Not so much.
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Can you believe the nerve of this guy? And now some advice on filtering out fake news from Dan Rather
And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!