Did you really think Donald Trump would “drain the swamp?” That’s like expecting the fox to make good on his promises to secure the chicken coop.
On Tuesday morning, the president-elect’s ally Newt Gingrich told NPR’s Rachel Martin that whole “drain the swamp” thing was a bald-faced lie. When the host of Morning Edition asked whether Mein Trumpf’s supporters might see Gingrich and the others surrounding him as alligators in the swamp he’d sworn to drain, Gingrich answered:
‘I’m told he now just disclaims that. He now says it was cute, but he doesn’t want to use it anymore. 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.’
That’s right. Donald Trump won the 2016 election on vowing to throw that much-hated elitist Hillary Clinton in jail and changing things in Washington, D.C. … And now it’s like that Chapter 10 scene from George Orwell’s Animal Farm when the farm animals peer through the dining room window and can no longer tell the humans apart from the pigs.
So if we’re not talking about the alligators in the swamp, how about the elephants in the room? As happened with then-Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich’s “Contract with America” back in 1994, Donald Trump’s insurgency has doubled down on the crony capitalist corporate welfare state rejected by their angry voters.
But we shouldn’t be surprised. In his 60 Minutes interview shortly after the election, Donald Trump had already begun backing away on his campaign promises.
Here’s Rachel Martin’s interview with Newt Gingrich on NPR’s Morning Edition.
Watch: The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah explains how “Truth Trump” says he never planned to “drain the swamp.”
Donald Trump never planned to throw Hillary Clinton in jail or “drain the swamp” of all those crony capitalists in Washington D.C. Why would he? He’s one of them. He’ll never crack down on the Wall Street banks that he owes money to or challenge lawmakers who pass laws that help make people like him rich at the rest of our expense. He just said those things to get elected.
Not only that, but — as Trevor Noah pointed out on The Daily Show — Donald Trump has even admitted he just said those things to get elected during his “Victory Tour” speeches.
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