One of Donald Trump’s biggest slogans during his presidential campaign was “Drain the Swamp.” You could hear his supporters chant those words at many a campaign rally. As now President-elect Trump has made his cabinet selections, he has been accused by some of drawing from the swamp rather than draining it. Now, one of his biggest supporters, who is also a current adviser, claims that Trump has changed his mind and doesn’t really want to “drain the swamp.”
During an interview with NPR on Tuesday, Gingrich contended that Trump thought the slogan was cute but no longer useful.
“I’m told he now just disclaims that. “He now says it was cute, but he doesn’t want to use it anymore … I’d written what I thought was a very cute tweet about ‘the alligators are complaining,’ and somebody wrote back and said they were tired of hearing this stuff.”
He continued by saying now that Trump is president-elect, his narrative will change from that of candidate Trump to become “more dignified” and prioritized, and perhaps not draining the swamp at all.
“I’ve noticed on a couple of fronts, like people chanting ‘lock her up,’ that he’s in a different role now and maybe he feels that as president, as the next president of the United States, that he should be marginally more dignified than talking about alligators in swamps. I personally have, as a sense of humor, like the alligator and swamp language.
Gingrich says that Trump’s tone and prioritization are changing. He adds that he will follow Trump even if he decides not to “drain the swamp.”
“I think it vividly illustrates the problem because all the people in this city who are the alligators are going to hate the swamp being drained. And there’s going to be constant fighting over it. But, you know, he is my leader and if he decides to drop the swamp and the alligator, I will drop the swamp and the alligator.”
So will Trump drain the swamp or won’t he? Draining the swamp would mean keeping his promise to scale back government and minimize bureaucracy thereby attacking corruption at its root. Not draining the swamp could mean a continuance of business as usual in DC with big government getting even bigger.
Which will it be?