One of the central tenets of Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign for the presidency was his claim that he would saunter into Washington DC and drain the swamp – a euphemism he used to describe the idea of ridding our nation’s capital of Deep State operatives and those who would prefer their own prosperity to the success of the American people.
For many deep-seated political stalwarts, this was a direct threat against them, and it was soon obvious that much of Washington machine was banding together to “resist” the Trump doctrine.
But, when the going gets tough, the tough get going, and Donald Trump isn’t about to let these Deep State deplorables get the best of him.
During a recent interview, the Commander in Chief even went so far as to call out these Beltway boogeymen by name.
Trump’s willingness to battle what is know as the “deep state” came to the fore in an interview aired Sunday by the syndicated news show “Full Measure.”
During the interview (transcript here), journalist Sharyl Atkisson brought up recent actions by acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grennell to make public information about the early days of the investigations into the Trump presidential campaign by America’s intelligence community.
“Richard Grenell is a superstar. He had guts, he had courage to do what he did. We have another superstar going in as you know, John Ratcliffe. He just got approved yesterday and he’ll be taking over as of Tuesday,” Trump said.
Then came his most damning statement to date on the existence of the Deep State:
“When you look at what Richard Grenell has done in eight weeks, these people didn’t do anything for two and a half years. They should have been exposing this. So I’m very disappointed in certain people. And some people have done a phenomenal job, but what am I doing? I’m fighting the deep state. I’m fighting the swamp. And I said I was doing it. And I’m exposing the swamp. I think if it keeps going the way I’m going, and Ratcliffe is fantastic,” he said.
“If it keeps going the way it’s going, I have a chance to break the deep state. It’s a vicious group of people. It’s very bad for our country. And that’s never happened before,” Trump said.
This is precisely the sort of sentiment that saw President Trump elected in 2016, and there is little doubt that it will help propel him to victory again in 2020.
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