Trevor Noah says Scott Pruitt has ‘taken cabinet scandals to a whole new level’ | Culture
Late-night hosts on Monday discussed the FBI raid on Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s office and home, as well as the mounting scandals embroiling Scott Pruitt at the Environmental Protection Agency.
Meanwhile, Comedy Central’s Trevor Noah focused on EPA secretary Scott Pruitt, whose conduct while in office has lead to rumors of his imminent dismissal at the hands of the White House.
“Every week, another Trump cabinet official is getting caught in a scandal,” Noah began. “Ben Carson spent a fortune on furniture. Tom Price used private jets like they were Ubers.”
“Recently,” he continued, “everyone has been talking about Scott Pruitt. He’s the head of the Environmental Protection Agency and the lovechild of George W Bush and a baked potato. You see, he’s taken cabinet scandals to a whole new level.”
Noah then showed a CNN segment that detailed just some of Pruitt’s many scandals, including living in a DC condo rented from a prominent energy lobbyist, increasing two aides’ salaries in defiance of the White House, using sirens to cut through DC traffic and make dinner reservations, reassigning staffers concerned about EPA spending, requesting a 24/7 security detail, as well as traveling only in first class or military jets.
“That’s so much scandal even Shonda Rhymes would be like, ‘Okay, this is unrealistic,’” Noah joked. “The head of the EPA is spending taxpayer money like he just woke up in Chris Brown’s body. He also said he was afraid people are listening to his phone conversations, so he spent $43,000 building a soundproof booth.
Noah replied: “Motherfucker never heard of whispering?”
“Listen to this one,” Noah went on. “Scott Pruitt wanted to spend $75,000 on a bulletproof desk. What’s the point of a bulletproof desk? It only works if your assassin doesn’t know how to walk around stuff.”
The host then noted that Pruitt’s reasoning for only flying first class was because he’d had “unpleasant interactions” with travelers, including one who said to him: “You’re fucking up the environment.”
“Pruitt may be an over-entitled, self-dealing cabinet member, but he’s really good at being bad for the environment,” Noah added, alluding to the two dozen Obama-era environmental regulations Pruitt has rolled back, including vehicle emmission standards and the Clean Power Plan, as well as his support for backing out of the Paris Climate Accords.
“It’s amazing how the only thing you need for Trump to consider you effective is to just hit delete on anything Obama did,” Noah concluded.
“Since I was off last week, I barely checked the news,” began Stephen Colbert. “I know it’s my job to stay informed, but I did not once think about Donald Trump’s penis.”
“Well, that’s all about to change in tonight’s Stormy Watch,” Colbert added. “As long time Stormy Watchers know, porn star Stormy Daniels states that right before the election, she was paid $130,000 by Trump lawyer Michael Cohen to stay silent about her alleged doing-it-with-Donald.”
“Future generations will learn all about it in the Trump presidential library’s adult section,” the host joked. He then went on to show president Trump answering questions aboard Air Force One. In a clip from last Thursday, Trump claimed he didn’t know about Cohen’s payment to Daniels.
“Today, on a tip from Mueller, the FBI raided Cohen’s office, seizing records related to several topics, including payments to a pornographic film actress,” Colbert continued, alluding to the extraordinary search conducted on Cohen’s legal offices. Colbert went on, referencing news clips, to explain that the prosecutors for the southern district of New York had to prove both probable cause that a crime had been committed and that evidence of such a crime could be obtained via a raid.
Colbert went on: “If Trump really knew nothing about this, Cohen is already in deep trouble because getting into an agreement on behalf of a client who doesn’t know that you’re doing that agreement is grounds for disbarment in New York.”
Colbert then showed Stromy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti in an appearance on CNN, in which he states that Trump’s claiming ignorance of the payment is good for Daniels, since “you can’t have an agreement if one party claims they knew nothing about one of the principal terms of the agreement”.