President-elect Donald Trump's confidante, Newt Gingrich, made headlines Wednesday when he told reporters that Trump was moving away from "draining the swamp," a frequent chant at his rallies, but he's walking it back now.
It appears that Trump was not too happy when he heard the false Newt news:
Newt then posted this apologetic video in an attempt to appease the angered president-elect:
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) December 22, 2016
Here's what he said in the contrite video:
I want to report that I made a big boo-boo. I talked this morning with President-elect Donald Trump and he reminded me he likes "draining the swamp." I mischaracterized it the other day. He intends to "drain the swamp," he even describes it as "DTS," uh, he thinks that taking on Boeing, uh, in the price is an example of "draining the swamp."
So I want you all to know I goofed. "Draining the swamp" is in. The alligators should be worried, uh, and you'll hear me write more about alligators and the swamp. But I thought I owed it to all of the folks who follow me that when I make a mistake I'm gonna be straight forward and tell you. I blew that one, "draining the swamp'"is in, President Trump wants to do it, and you're gonna get to be part of it.
The chant "Drain the Swamp" was a crowd favorite, even though Trump had admitted he thought it was cheesy and came to signify his intent to sweep the government of corruption and influence-peddling. Some critics have begun to question his intention to do so after he began filling his administration with Goldman Sachs bankers and other corporate titans.
Here's what Newt said Wednesday that got Trump so upset:
"I’m told he now just disclaims that. He now says it was cute, but he doesn’t want to use it anymore,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a close Trump adviser, told NPR in an interview published Wednesday morning. “I’ve noticed on a couple of fronts, like people chanting ‘lock her up,’ that he’s in a different role now.”
Gingrich went on to say that, given Trump is just about a month away from officially becoming president of the United States, it’s time to be “marginally more dignified than talking about alligators in swamps.”
But, even more amazingly, another Trump ally defended him on the basis that he had many more important issues on a long list that had "draining the swamp" at the very bottom:
Some might say that Trump allies will defend anything out of the president-elect's mouth, no matter how contradictory it might be to the promises made before the election.