Conservative talk show host Mark Levin defended Scott Pruitt, the embattled head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), suggesting that the Trump cabinet official is being targeted unfairly by partisan actors.
Levin made the comments on his Thursday episode of “The Mark Levin Show.” Pruitt has faced increasing amounts of scrutiny since ABC News reported March 29 that Pruitt rented a bedroom for $50-a-night from the spouse of a top Washington, D.C., energy lobbyist.
Levin began by contextualizing his defense of Pruitt, reminding listeners of the expansive influence of the federal bureaucracy.
“We have lawmakers who don’t make laws. The vast majority of laws in this country are not made by lawmakers. They are made by a fourth branch of government that doesn’t even exist in the United States Constitution, the administrative state. You got a guy over there at the EPA who is trying to control what is going on and they are picking him to pieces over there. He’s hanging out there and they’re picking him to pieces.”
Levin then went on to say partisan ideology is the primary driving force behind attacks on Pruitt. Levin referenced popular democrats such as former Vice President Al Gore, who has made millions of dollars pushing restrictive policies to combat climate change, and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose socialist policies of “free education” and “free healthcare” Levin railed against earlier in the show as completely divorced from reality.
“I don’t care what [Pruitt] ate. I don’t care about his lease. I don’t care what damn airplane he took. What do you think of that? Nobody cared about prior EPA administrators because they were left-wing radical kooks. Nobody cares about the hypocrisy of Al Gore. Nobody cares about the hypocrisy of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and all their lies and fabrications. So I’m supposed to get worked up about the EPA administrator because the guy is trying to do a good job? Hell no.”
“Everybody who tries to stand up to this leviathan, whether it’s Trump, whether it’s the Freedom Caucus, whether it’s the guy at the EPA, whether it’s me, come under these withering assaults — personal character attacks. Whereas the left and the people who built this monstrosity — defend it, fund it, and expand it — never [do].”
LISTEN: Relevant portion begins at 1:08:54.
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