President Donald Trump repeatedly promised during his 2016 campaign to "drain the swamp," referring to the original geography of the Washington D.C. area and the denizens within. This inspired Fox's Eric Bolling to write his new book "The Swamp: Washington’s Murky Pool of Corruption, Cronyism, and Really Strange Creatures – and How Trump Can Drain It."
Bolling believes Americans elected a “new type of leader” in Trump because of his promise. Voters were sick of business as usual. He investigated "the swamp" and found that the metaphorical swamp was much more murky than the original, physical swamp upon which the capital city sits.
The author gave recent examples. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who identifies with and espouses socialist ideals, is now under federal investigation for bank fraud. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) doesn’t even live in her own district. She was also cited by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics as one of the most corrupt politicians in D.C. for a variety of reasons, including making paid endorsements for other politicians.
The “swamp swallows them up,” Bolling said of even the most idealistic politicians, trading their votes, access, and influence for money. He says both parties are guilty of succumbing to its lure, but he hopes that the political currency Trump is growing via a recovering economy will help him accomplish his drainage goals.