EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt finally resigned Thursday after months of mounting scandals engulfed him. The most shocking part of the announcement was not the resignation itself, but that it took so long for President Donald Trump to finally decide that Pruitt needed to go.
MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace argued Thursday that the accumulation of negative stories finally convinced the president that he needed to drop the hammer.
"It was a crush of negative press," she said. "We put up a wall last week or earlier this week of all the bad headlines. And no doubt, it was the president feeling — the president at his core is thin-skinned and vain. This was somebody making him look bad, making him look foolish. This guy was a dope. He wanted a phone booth, wore tactical pants. I had to google what that was. This guy was freaky."
Karine Jean-Pierre of MoveOn.org agreed.
"I think one of the things that turned the tide, as well, was Fox News," she said. Fox News host Laura Ingraham, Jean-Pierre Pointed out, had recently called for Pruitt to be fired.
"That's the crack in the base. We know Donald Trump watches Fox News. It's an addiction for him. Once you have that, the constant: 'Well, Pruitt needs to resign. He's the swamp. he's the swamp.' And he saw that and he internalized that and took it in," Jean-Pierre added said.
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