President-elect Donald Trump had used the term “drain the swamp” toward the end of his presidential campaign. This was supposed to refer to a movement to get rid of the establishment politicians and executives in Washington D.C. and replace them with outsiders like himself. But ever since he had announced his nominations for high level positions in his cabinet, it doesn’t look like he’s draining the swamp anymore.
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich appeared on NPR’s “Morning Edition” on Wednesday and talked about how Donald Trump doesn’t want to use the “drain the swamp” phrase anymore because he’s already “knee-deep in alligators.” These alligators that Gingrich was referring to include Senator Jeff Sessions as the new attorney general, and former executive of Goldman Sachs Steven Mnuchin as the next Secretary of the Treasury. They aren’t exactly considered outsiders.
Gingrich has been an adviser to Trump during his current transitional phase into the White House. Gingrich described how Trump is now in a different role than the one he was in on the campaign trail. Saying “drain the swamp” may have gone over well in a campaign, but it is hardly something that a president should say. Gingrich also said, “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.”
The “drain the swamp” term was first used in late October by Trump fans. Even Trump said himself that he didn’t care for the expression all that much in the beginning. But since the people at his campaign rallies continued to chant those words, he decided to say it along with them. After all, Trump is someone who sure likes to please the crowd and give them what they want. But now that he got what he wanted, will he continue to give them what they wanted? That is the question.