In an interview yesterday on NPR’s Morning Edition, Newt Gingrich said that Donald Trump‘s promise to “drain the swamp,” was a nice idea for a campaign promise, but not one the administration intends to keep. “I’m told he now just disclaims that,” Gingrich told Rachel Martin. “He now says it was cute, but he doesn’t want to use it anymore,” explaining “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.”
Ultimately, Gingrich told Martin, “he is my leader and if he decides to drop the swamp and the alligator, I will drop the swamp and the alligator.” The inverse of that statement, turns out, is just as true.
After Donald Trump tweeted out that “drain the swamp” is still totally on, referred to now as DTS, a great idea because acronyms are an ideal tool for erasing original meaning, something we imagine comes in handy in a cabinet full of billionaires that include executives from investment banks and an oil company, Gingrich was back on board with it.
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
That “someone” then issued an apology on Twitter for his “big boo-boo.”
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) December 22, 2016
There was a lot of talk about alligators, which it turns out is not undignified as previously hypothesized. “You’ll hear me write more about alligators and the swamp,” he promised.
This all made for some very appetizing Twitter fodder. Here are some of our favorites:
— Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) December 22, 2016
This is a weird hostage video. https://t.co/CLZvxKsONL
— jeremy scahill (@jeremyscahill) December 22, 2016
Draining the swamp of the last shred of Newt's dignity https://t.co/2sqgXkFQHh
— Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) December 22, 2016
I've criticized the Trump team for a lot of conflicts of interest, but at least Newt Gingrich has put his manhood into a blind trust. https://t.co/T2ZZFeZAs1
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) December 22, 2016
Translation: "Baby, baby I'm sorry! Please take me back!" https://t.co/a3iLcssiNW
— Sam Sanders (@samsanders) December 22, 2016
Lmao. Spineless. https://t.co/h65uokVtFk
— Tiq Milan (@themrmilan) December 22, 2016
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) December 22, 2016
Wow. This comes off as a Mao-era public self-denunciation. https://t.co/goGRQTsLaQ
— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) December 22, 2016
Newt is learning the public prostration required of authoritarian loyalists. The dear leader often changes his mind but he's always correct. https://t.co/t8RiI1q9aj
— Evan McMullin (@Evan_McMullin) December 22, 2016
Abject public self-criticism Twitter is my new favorite Twitter https://t.co/ExSN8PRzWQ
— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) December 22, 2016