'A sneak and a thug': NYT editorial board passes final sentence on Pruitt as 'oily stain' on the EPA office he held
EPA AdministratorScott Pruitt of Oklahoma speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

The editorial board of the New York Times has weighed in on the tenure of disgraced former EPA boss Scott Pruitt, issuing a scathing appraisal of his "pathological grifting."


The Times called Pruitt's tenure "appalling" and said that he leaves behind "a dark, oily stain on the office" that he has been "vigorously defiling."

"In an administration characterized by extreme swampiness and ethical flexibility, the E.P.A. chief had nonetheless distinguished himself with pathological grifting to the point that even some Republican lawmakers and reliably conservative commentators had begun publicly slapping him," the Times wrote.

The Times ticked off a few of Pruitt's "shameless and yet surprisingly petty misuse[es] of his office" and described him as "both a sneak and a thug," but noted that his outrageous behavior is only the start of his shameful legacy.

"In the end, Mr. Pruitt was driven from office for having abused his position so outrageously. But if Mr. Trump continues down the same policy paths, as seems likely, Mr. Pruitt’s more lasting legacy, along with the president’s, will be an overheated planet and shortened life spans."

You can read the whole editorial here.