Evan McMullin, a former (and failed) independent presidential candidate, is berating Newt Gingrich for reversing his original claims that President-elect Donald no longer wants to “drain the swamp.” On Wednesday, McMullin tweeted: “Newt is learning the public prostration required of authoritarian loyalists. The dear leader often changes his mind but he’s always correct.”
McMullin is making a direct reference to an NPR interview Gingrich had earlier this week. In the interview, Gingrich claimed Trump was retreating back from using the term “drain the swamp,” in regards to his campaign pledge to terminate government corruption and special interests in politics.
“Trump now says [the phrase] was cute, but he doesn’t want to use it anymore,” Gingrich claimed on the Morning Edition. “[It] vividly illustrates the problem, because all people in this city who are the alligators are going to hate the swamp being drain. 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.”
However, following Gingrich’s statements, Trump tweeted out a clarification on Wednesday: “Someone incorrectly stated that the phrase ‘DRAIN THE SWAMP’ was no longer being used by me. Actually, we will always be trying to DTS.”
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
Then the former House Speaker himself took to Twitter to fix the mistake he made by posting an apology video:
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) December 22, 2016
“I talked this morning with President-elect Trump, and he reminded me he likes draining the swamp. I mischaracterized it the other day. He intends to drain the swamp. When I make a mistake, I’m going to be straightforward and tell you. I blew that one. Draining the swamp is in. President-elect Trump wants to do it. And you’re going to get to be a part of it.”
The tweet sent out by McMullin can be viewed below:
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
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