Conservatives, led by top talker Rush Limbaugh and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, went on offense Thursday for embattled EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, charging that he is being targeted by liberals because he is pulling back the overreach of Obama-era environmental rules.
“You know there’s an old saying,” said Limbaugh, opening his daily three hour show. “When you’re taking a lot of flak, you must be over the target. Well, I think Scott Pruitt is over the target,” he said.
“He’s basically just taking a knife and whacking things from the EPA that were implemented during the eight years of Obama and he has become, outside of Trump, the single biggest target of the Left,” added Limbaugh.
Cruz, in a tweet, called Pruitt’s critics “Obama groupies.”
Pruitt has come under fire for his travel and housing arrangements, and some reports have suggested that President Trump is not happy with the controversy. Other reports, though, said that Trump has called Pruitt to offer support.
In a Secrets interview this week, Pruitt said that he is the target of the Left and that critics are seizing on his travel and lease to rent a room temporarily in a lobbyist-friend’s house.