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#ReasonsScottPruittResigned mocks controversial EPA administrator

Twitter knows no mercy for controversial politicians.


Joseph Knoop


Posted on Jul 7, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 11:43 am CDT

After former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt resigned Thursday from his position amid a laundry list of corruption accusations and public outcry, the jokes started coming. They haven’t stopped coming. Two days later, #ReasonsScottPruittResigned is trending on Twitter. 

To name a few alleged misdeeds, Pruitt has been accused of abusing taxpayer funds to pay for tens of thousands of dollars worth of first-class air travel, installing a soundproof booth in his office, directing aides to purchase an old mattress from a Trump hotel, purchasing a condo from an energy industry lobbyist below market rate, and trying to get his wife a a Chick-fil-A franchise. Democrats began calling for his resignation earlier this year.

Now that Pruitt has resigned, Twitter is bursting with jokes about the embattled EPA admin.


One of the most visible examples of public pressure against Pruitt was when a woman named Kristin Mink, holding her child, confronted Pruitt inside a restaurant and asked for his resignation.

“This is my son. He loves animals. He loves clean air. He loves clean water,” Mink told Pruitt in a video she posted to Facebook. “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.”

Since then, Mink has praised Pruitt’s resignation and called for more public confrontations with members of the Trump administration.

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

President Donald Trump has stated that Pruitt will be replaced by Deputy EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler.

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*First Published: Jul 7, 2018, 12:07 pm CDT