In an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity as part of his victory tour, President-elect Donald Trump said he expects Democrats will help him with his plan to “drain the swamp.” The phrase is one Trump often used on the campaign trail to describe his goal to get rid of corrupt, career politicians.
“I think a lot of Democrats are going to join the drain, if you want to know the truth,” Trump told Hannity in the interview airing Thursday night. “I know so many people in politics over the years. A lot of people say ‘Oh, he’s never been in politics,’ when I’ve really been very active, mostly on the other side. But we’re going to have a lot of Democrats joining us on a lot of these things, maybe even health care.”
So far, Democrats have not appeared to be convinced by Republican leadership to join in repealing Obamacare.
This is also a stark contrast from the way Trump portrayed himself before the election, when he campaigned as an outsider and rarely addressed his longtime Democratic ties.
Trump held a rally in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is expected to visit other battleground states including Pennsylvania, Florida, North Carolina, and Michigan as part of his victory tour in the coming weeks.