Speaker of the House Paul Ryan announced he will not seek reelection in 2018, making him the 25th House Republican to call it quits. Trump supporters argue this is proof that Trump is sticking to his promise to "drain the swamp" by pushing out "establishment" Republicans.
More and more Republicans are looking at how the 2018 elections are shaping up and deciding they want no part of them — with Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL) just the latest to announce they won’t run for reelection this year.
This makes 25 House Republicans and three GOP senators who are calling it quits, not counting several more who are stepping down to run for another political office (or who have already resigned). That’s the highest such number for just one party in decades.
But many have criticized Trump for appointing nominees to regulate the very industries they have ties to. According to Lachlan Markay and Sam Stein at The Daily Beast, more than 50 percent of Trump's nominees fit this criteria. Not exactly draining the swamp.
The Daily Beast examined 341 nominations the president has made to Senate-confirmed administration positions. Of those, more than half (179) have some notable conflict of interest, according to a comprehensive review of public records. One hundred and five nominees worked in the industries that they were being tasked with regulating; 63 lobbied for, were lawyers for, or otherwise represented industry members that they were being tasked with regulating; and 11 received payments or campaign donations from members of the industry that they were being tasked with regulating.
But others have applauded Trump for draining the swamp. Newt Gingrich praised Trump for sticking to his promises and pushing out establishment Republicans.
"Donald Trump really is draining the swamp, and the alligators are really unhappy... This guy is actually doing what he said he would do: We're getting conservative judges nominated. We are getting regulations rolled back."
After Jeff Flake and Bob Corker announced their retirement from the Senate and lambasted the president, many called this a victory for Trump, by pushing out Republicans who failed to support him.
But others find Trump's actions speak volumes about his true intentions.
The Trump team built their campaign with rallying cries to ‘drain the swamp’, ‘lock up crooked Hillary’, and ‘MAGA’. The level of hypocrisy is mind numbing in light of the depth of corruption going on. Trump supporters should get a gold medal in mental gymnastics.
.@realDonaldTrump: the corruption and incompetence of this Administration has reached a fever pitch. If you truly mean to drain the swamp you ought to fire Administrator Pruitt or accept his resignation.