Conservative group launches ad calling on Trump to fire Pruitt

Conservative group launches ad calling on Trump to fire Pruitt
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A conservative activist group is out with a new television commercial calling on President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests Sotomayor, Ginsburg should have to recuse themselves on 'Trump related' cases Sanders says idea he can't work with Republicans is 'total nonsense' Sanders releases list of how to pay for his proposals MORE to fire embattled Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittOvernight Energy: Controversial Trump adviser reportedly returning to EPA | Delta aims to be first carbon neutral airline | Dem senator gives EPA D-minus on 'forever chemicals' Architect of controversial EPA policies to return as chief of staff: report EPA asked to justify proposal to limit power of its science advisers MORE.

“EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is embarrassing President Trump,” the voiceover in the advertisement by the American Future Fund (AFF) says before running through some of Pruitt’s recent high-profile scandals, like spending $43,000 on a soundproof phone booth for his office and giving big raises to close aides by bypassing the White House.

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“Mr. President, you know what to do,” the voiceover says, cutting to a clip of Trump from “The Apprentice” saying “You’re fired!”

“For the good of the country, Pruitt must go,” the spot concludes.

AFF has been involved in numerous GOP election and policy battles, such as backing incumbent Republicans in a series of California primaries.

The group doesn’t disclose its donors.

“President Trump needs to make an example out of Pruitt and show that this administration will not tolerate rampant abuse of taxpayer dollars,” Nick Ryan, AFF’s founder, said in a statement. “He is best known for using his office to enrich his wife, buy engraved keepsakes and direct federal guards to help find his favorite moisturizer. He’s the head of the EPA, not the Sultan of Brunei.”

Ryan also noted that Pruitt’s efforts at environmental deregulation “have been mired in court challenges and needless battles over personal spending.”

AFF is initially running the ad in Nebraska and South Dakota.

The group launched its campaign late Tuesday, the day before conservative Fox News host and Trump ally Laura Ingraham said on Twitter that Pruitt has “gotta go.”

Numerous conservative lawmakers who have been allies of Pruitt have also expressed fatigue over his scandals lately. Sen. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstSenate Majority PAC launches first statewide TV ad for Democrat running against Ernst Overnight Health Care: Ernst endorses bipartisan bill to lower drug prices | US partnering with drugmakers on coronavirus vaccine | UN chief says virus poses 'enormous' risks Ernst endorses bipartisan Grassley-Wyden bill to lower drug prices MORE (R-Iowa), for one, called Pruitt “about as swampy as you get here in Washington.”