Kristin Mink confronts EPA director Scott Pruitt at a restaurant in Washington, D.C.

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Mom who confronted Scott Pruitt says to continue protesting Trump officials

Pruitt resigned on Thursday.


David Covucci


Published Jul 6, 2018   Updated May 21, 2021, 11:48 am CDT

The woman who confronted former EPA Director Scott Pruitt at a restaurant last week praised his resignation and called for more confrontation with members of President Donald Trump‘s administration.

“Turning up the heat works,” Kristin Mink said in an interview with the Huffington Post.

Mink went viral when she demanded Pruitt’s resignation as he had lunch in Washington, D.C.

“This is my son. He loves animals. He loves clean air. He loves clean water,” Mink said to Pruitt. “Meanwhile, you’re slashing strong fuel standards for cars and trucks for the benefit of big corporations. We deserve to have somebody at the EPA who actually does protect our environment, somebody who believes in climate change and takes it seriously for the benefit of all of us, including our children. I would urge you to resign before your scandals push you out.”

Although the EPA Director had been mired in scandal after scandal, and his resignation or firing had long been speculated about, Pruitt mentioned the protests in his resignation letter, saying they took a toll on his family: “The unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all us.”

In her interview with the Huffington Post, Mink also praised the actions of reporters who’d unearthed much of Pruitt’s wrongdoings: “I think that I was one little tiny piece of so many people working to get Scott Pruitt out of office. There’s been so much investigative journalism, action from so many activists and then me, a pissed-off mom.”

H/T Huffington Post

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*First Published: Jul 6, 2018, 8:02 am CDT