MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace said Friday that the Republican Party “sucks” while discussing why former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittCourt sets in motion EPA ban on pesticide linked to developmental issues Scientific integrity, or more hot air? OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden proposes billions for electric vehicles, building retrofitting| EPA chief to replace Trump appointees on science advisory panels | Kerry to travel to UAE, India to discuss climate change MORE lasted so long in the Trump administration despite multiple scandals.

While hosting a segment on MSNBC’s “Deadline” on Friday evening, Wallace pressed former CIA agent and 2016 independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin over the GOP's inaction on Pruitt amid multiple controversies.

McMullin argued that Republicans excused Pruitt for being a “little corrupt” because he delivered on certain policy issues at the EPA that are favored by the party as a whole.


“In Pruitt, you sort of see a mini Trump,” McMullin said, arguing that some conservatives made the decision to excuse “some corruption and potential alignment with Russia” regarding Trump in exchange for “certain policy objectives.”

“In Pruitt, you seem the same sort of thing. He promised to deliver and did deliver policy changes from the EPA,” McMullin said, adding that “the trade was he was a little corrupt.”

“The Republicans may admit he did some things that weren’t quite right, but at the same time--” McMullin continued before Wallace interrupted.

“Not quite right?” Wallace interjected. “I mean there are 13 investigations he may have committed a crime.”

“I’m sorry, the Republican Party sucks, but you can still find non-criminal Republicans,” added Wallace, who served as communications director in George W. Bush's White House.

Wallace’s remarks came a day after Trump announced he had accepted Pruitt’s resignation following months of high-profile controversies regarding the EPA chief's spending, ethics and management at the agency.