CNN commentator Chris Cillizza and Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Beast John Avlon excitedly discussed the potential firing of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on “New Day” Tuesday and said he’s starting to drag down President Donald Trump.
“I don’t know how Scott Pruitt survives this because again, it’s not one bad headline,” Cillizza said. “I think what you’re seeing here is them finding someone to take Scott Pruitt’s job. It’s seems to me more of a when, not if, in terms of him going.”
Pruitt is currently being investigated for possible financial misconduct over a condo he rented from an energy lobbyist.
Host Alisyn Camerota chimed in to say The Washington Post called Pruitt “swamp monster,” prompting Avlon to crack a few jokes.
“And usually you have to wear a costume to accomplish that,” Avlon said laughing. “When you generate negative headlines and you provide distractions, the old rules of politics apply. Politics is perception.”
Avlon asked Real Clear Politics associate editor A.B Stoddard why she thinks Trump hangs his cabinet members out to dry, and she claimed he gets enjoyment out of it.
“I think he enjoys it,” Stoddard said. “I mean, people around him have said that he enjoys sort of a punishing experience to have the press speculate and say it’s a matter of when not if. And them sort of walking around dejected with their demoralized agencies continuing to, you know, get more negative press before they’re out the door.”
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