Republican strategist Rick Wilson blistered conservatives for defending scandal-plagued former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt.
Wilson shamed Pruitt's defenders for blaming the media for increasingly outlandish reports of the Trump administration official's personal and political corruption.
"Save some tiny iota of dignity," Wilson tweeted. "Do you really believe that the coverage of Pruitt was driven by anything other than actions he took himself? Did the New York Times make him send his minions out seeking hand lotion? Did the Washington Post force him to live with a lobbyist?"
3/ Save some tiny iota of dignity. Do you really believe that the coverage of Pruitt was driven by anything other t… https://t.co/bptVqshK6b— Rick Wilson (@Rick Wilson)1530893271.0
"Was a crack team of CNN mind control operatives responsible for Pruitt hitting up his aides to cover hotel rooms?" he continued. "Who at MSNBC forced him to travel first class, and to demand an army of security dudes more suited to a third world dictator than a Cabinet official?"
Wilson said pro-Trump Republicans had run out of ideas to defend the president and attacked their "go-to villain" in the media, and he challenged them to defend Pruitt on his merits.
"I am curious if any of you can explain to me when a tolerance for corruption and criminality became a conservative value as long as you're getting the policy outcomes you want," Wilson tweeted.
"Bonus points if you can explain it without using the construction of 'But Obummer!' or 'But Hillary would be worse,'" he added.