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Newt Gingrich: Donald Trump not into swamp draining anymore

Well, that was fast.

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich told NPR on Wednesday that Donald Trump's whole "drain the swamp" bit is no longer a thing.

The former Georgia congressman and confidant to the president elect said the slogan, a hit during the final weeks of the general election, is now out of favor at Trump Tower.

On NPR's "Morning Edition," Gingrich said: 

"I'm told he now just disclaims that. He now says it was cute, but he doesn't want to use it anymore. ... I'd written what I thought was a very cute tweet about "the alligators are complaining," and somebody wrote back and said they were tired of hearing this stuff. ...

"I've noticed on a couple of fronts, like people chanting "lock her up," that 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. I personally have, as a sense of humor, like the alligator and swamp language. ... I think it vividly illustrates the problem, because all the people in this city who are the alligators are going to hate the swamp being drained. And there's going to be constant fighting over it. But, 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."


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