Democrats Snort at Trump's 'Drain the Swamp' Line

A little heckling breaks out in the audience
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2017 8:44 PM CST
Updated Feb 28, 2017 9:20 PM CST
Democrats Snort at Trump's 'Drain the Swamp' Line
President Trump addresses a joint session of Congress.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Early in his speech to Congress Tuesday night, President Trump said he was making good on his promise to "drain the swamp" in Washington, DC. It seems, however, that Democrats disagree. Some laughter and derisive noises could be heard in the audience, as captured in this video captured by Mashable. "I heard some tittering," writes Carl Hulse at the New York Times. "They think the cabinet is the swamp." A blogger at the Nation tweeted that "a number of Democratic members theatrically stifled laughs when Trump said he'd drained the swamp."

The Hill notes that Republicans quickly rallied behind the president and gave him a standing ovation as he finished his remarks on the subject. Trump's full line: "We have begun to drain the swamp of government corruption by imposing a five-year ban on lobbying by executive branch officials—and a lifetime ban on becoming lobbyists for a foreign government." Before the speech, Nancy Pelosi had warned Democrats to avoid any "You lie!" moments, reports Politico, referring to the infamous heckling of President Obama. (More President Trump stories.)

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