What The Hell Are “Tactical Pants?”

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

You can reset the clock because we have another Scott Pruitt scandal.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator spent nearly $300,000 on security during the month of April alone according to official records, and that includes thousands he spent on something called "tactical pants."

The expenses include nearly $3,000 for “tactical pants” and “tactical polos,” part of a total $4.6 million for security, representing a $1.1 million increase over the amount disclosed by the EPA a month ago. [...]

According to the latest documents, Pruitt spent $288,610 on security costs in April alone. Of that, more than $2,700 was spent on apparel for the pants and polos. The EPA administrator has spent $24,115 on body armor and related apparel in 2018.

A quick search tells me "tactical pants" are glorified cargo pants for police officers, special operators, and your average Call of Duty cosplayer.

In Pruitt's case, I think it would be fair to say his security team has more in common with the latter. Their professional responsibilities including driving Pruitt to elite hotels in search of fancy lotion and making sure he arrives at dinner on time.

To this date, the EPA has not presented a single credible or actionable threat against Pruitt, but he still employs a large private security detail who apparently do everything for him except wipe his ass. They even pick up his dry cleaning.

  • ninjaf

    It’s too bad we don’t have a branch of government that is supposed to offer oversight over this kind of crap.

  • Georgie
  • Aynwrong

    I’d say Scott Pruitt is a weirdo but I think that’s giving him too much credit. He seems to be someone living out some kind of personal fantasy in which he and his Kclan are just as fabulously wealthy as many of the other well heeled degenerates of the Trump administration funded entirely by us. The tax paying suckers.

    I’d laugh if it weren’t so pathetic.

    • ninjaf

      And expensive.

  • Badgerite

    It would seem that the current head of the EPA views the agency as his personal valet and travel service, and piggy bank all rolled into one.

  • Draxiar

    Drain the swamp indeed. This guy is the scum gleefully gliding across the surface of the water.

  • muselet

    HuffPo this morning:

    UPDATE: 8:55 a.m. ― “These are routine expenditures for our Criminal Investigative Division (CID) and Protective Security Detail (PSD) agents to have proper attire for search warrants, arrests, disaster responses and training,” Henry Barnet, director of the EPA’s Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics, and Training, said in a statement. “This attire is not used for protection work.”

    “Routine.” Right.

    Scott Pruitt, as I’ve suggested before, seems to want to be seen as far more important than he actually is. The only thing surprising about any of this is that he’d not demanding to be driven around in an MRAP—or at least an up-armored Humvee—like a dignitary visiting a war zone.

    The man is an embarrassment.


    • JMAshby

      Pruitt reassigned dozens of agents from the criminal division to his protective detail and actual enforcement has plummeted.

      • ninjaf

        That’s a feature, not a bug, in their minds.

  • Pruitt is like the rancid cherry on top of the Shit Sundae we have been eating since Trumpov was elected.

  • katanahamon

    Funny, if this was a Democratic administration, there would be six ongoing investigations and impeachment proceedings started. That sounds good, can we do that??

    • gescove

      Exactly. Why the effing hell is this asshat still at the helm of the EPA?

      • Draxiar

        My guess is that Pruitt’s crookery is eclipsed by trump’s crookery.