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Draining the Swamp?

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?



  1. ebdoug wrote:

    White supremacist Jeff Sessions as Attorney General? Good luck the rest of the population in this country who is female and not white.

    Friday, November 18, 2016 at 7:11 am | Permalink
  2. Sqeaky Wheel wrote:

    They will never admit to it. They are a political minority that thinks it is the majority and they were/are never wrong about anything.

    Ignorance wins, the Republic is dead.

    Friday, November 18, 2016 at 8:58 am | Permalink
  3. Redjon wrote:

    In the spirit of, “unclear on the concept,” 7-term (so far) GOP Senator Orrin Hatch showed up at the Utah Republican celebration last week and put in his two cents about how wonderful it is the Washington swamp is about to be drained.

    Friday, November 18, 2016 at 3:09 pm | Permalink
  4. Sam Foster wrote:

    Never. They’d have to admit to being wrong. And caring for anything other than their own selfishness.

    Friday, November 18, 2016 at 4:11 pm | Permalink
  5. paradoctor wrote:

    Donald Trump _can’t_ drain the swamp. He’s Swamp Thing!

    Monday, November 21, 2016 at 12:15 am | Permalink