Yesterday, Newt Gingrich claimed that Donald Trump doesn’t want to “drain the swamp” anymore. Today, Trump addressed the comment, claiming that the swamp draining will continue.
“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,” Gingrich said.
Though not calling Gingrich out by name, Trump Tweeted that “someone” incorrectly made the claim of Trump’s reversal. Media jumped on Gingrich’s comments with leftist media calling Trump a hypocrite and conservative media asking Trump to “say it ain’t so.”
It ain’t so.
Someone incorrectly stated that the phrase "DRAIN THE SWAMP" was no longer being used by me. Actually, we will always be trying to DTS.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2016
Shortly following Trump’s Tweet, Gingrich released a video.
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) December 22, 2016
The phrase was a key part of Trump’s campaign in the final weeks before the election. Many on the right were concerned when Trump named Reince Priebus as his Chief of Staff because Priebus is considered by many to be the embodiment of the swamp dwellers Trump wants to drain, but subsequent cabinet picks have put most concerns about GOP Establishment people being in the administration to rest.
The only question that remains is whether or not the swamp draining will be effective. As I wrote on The Blaze, draining the swamp won’t be effective if the size of government isn’t dramatically reduced. In less than a month, we’ll start to find out how Trump’s administration plans to do this.