MSNBC’s Joy Reid guest rips ‘kleptocrat’ Trump for ignoring administration officials’ lavish lifestyles
MSNBC anchor Joy Reid and investigative journalist David Cay Johnston.

Pulitzer Prize winning reporter David Cay Johnston analyzed President Donald Trump's "kleptocracy" on MSNBC's AM Joy Saturday.


Host Joy Reid asked the reporter about the ethics scandals surrounding Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt.

"This is the emerging Trump kleptocracy and Scott Pruitt is clearly a man who doesn't have a moral compass," Johnston argued. "He has a long history of these kinds of improprieties."

Johnston is the author of the new book It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration is Doing to America.

"Somehow, on the very modest income of an Oklahoma state legislator, he lived a much better lifestyle than you would expect on $34,000 a year," he explained. "And as attorney general, when his only income was a quarter million year salary, he got a mortgage for $650,000."

"Scott Pruitt is a man who in any previous administration, even the scandal-plagued Ronald Reagan administration with what, 130 if I recall or so major scandals, would have been fired yesterday," he suggested.

"But the leader of this kleptocracy is a man himself who has spent his life cheating, swindling, lying, so what's the problem?" he concluded.

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