Drain The Swamp

What does Drain The Swamp mean?

Getting rid of corruption

‘Drain the Swamp’ is a popular phrase used in politics, which means getting rid of the corruption in Washington D.C. The phrase gained a lot of attention during the last phase of the 2016 U.S. presidential election when it was used by Donald Trump and his followers.

The origin of the term can be traced back to the actual activity of draining swamps to reduce the number of mosquitos and prevent malaria. The term was then adopted in politics to describe the removal of dishonest and corrupt politicians who are believed to prioritize their own interests over the needs of the country.

Many citizens in America feel that Washington D.C. is filled with such politicians who prefer to accept money from lobbyists and tell lies instead of listening to the public’s opinion. In their urge to bring about a change, these citizens supported an outsider, in this case, Trump, with the hope of getting rid of the so-called ‘dirt’ in D.C. This involved voting against Hillary Clinton, who has been involved in politics for a long time.

The phrase was especially apt because Washington D.C. was actually built on a marshy land near the river. This fact added more weight to the slogan and made it more appealing to the public.

Example for using ‘Drain The Swamp’ in a conversation

Hey, did you hear about the slogan “Drain The Swamp”?

Yeah, it’s all about removing corruption in politics!

Exactly! It’s like cleaning up all the politicians who are not working for the people.

That’s right. It’s about getting rid of the dishonest ones and bringing in fresh faces.