Donald Trump campaigned that as an outsider he would “drain the swamp” of Washington politics. But he has already appointed a rogues-list of lobbyists and Washington insiders to his administration, including lobbyists from the energy, agriculture, transportation, and banking industries. Trump’s own rules for transition team members requires them to pledge to “disqualify myself from involvement in any particular transition matter if I have engaged in regulated lobbying activities with respect to such matter, as defined by the Lobbying Disclosure Act, within the previous 12 months.” However, Senate records show that at least eight members of Trump’s transition team are openly flouting those rules.
According to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), “It doesn’t look like they’re draining the swamp, it looks like they’re pouring the swamp into the transition.”
As Bernie Sanders observed, Trump appears to be stocking the swamp with “even more alligators”. “[A] lot of what Mr. Trump was saying to get votes turns out to be not what he intends to do as the president of the United States.”
How long will it take before Trump supporters realize they have been conned?