A couple of weeks ago, Kristin Mink, a teacher was unknown to the public. But her decision to confront EPA Director Scott Pruitt at tea shop in Washington, D.C. stands as one of the boldest moves in a string of civilian confrontations of Trump officials.
In a video Mink later posted to her facebook, Mink is seen standing, holding her son, addressing Pruitt:
“This is my son. He loves animals. He loves clean air. He loves clean water. Meanwhile, you’re slashing strong fuel standards for cars and trucks for the benefit of big corporations. We deserve to have somebody at the EPA who actually does protect our environment, somebody who believes in climate change and takes it seriously for the benefit of all of us, including our children. I would urge you to resign before your scandals push you out.”
The video immediately went viral, prompting EPA spokesperson Lincoln Ferguson to say, “Administrator Pruitt always welcomes input from Americans, whether they agree or disagree with the decisions being made at EPA. This is evident by him listening to her comments and going on to thank her, which is not shown in the video.”
Apparently Mr. Ferguson has not actually done a pulse-check with Pruitt before making those lukewarm comments, as within days of Mink having confronted him, he resigned. His resignation letter is listed below, in part.
“It is extremely difficult for me to cease serving you in this role first because I count it a blessing to be serving you in any capacity, but also, because of the transformative work that is occurring. However, the unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us. My desire in service to you has always been to bless you as you make important decisions for the American people. I believe you are serving as President today because of God’s providence. I believe that same providence brought me into your service. I pray as I have served you that I have blessed you and enabled you to effectively lead the American people.”
At the time of Pruitt’s resignation, he was facing at least 18 federal investigations for his conduct. Upon his resignation,
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released a one-word statement of their own, which was attributed to CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder. It simply read, “Good.”