In his 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump started using the slogan “drain the swamp.” It was a rallying cry for those tired of the rich and powerful in DC getting more power at the expense of everyone else.
While most of the time Trump enables the swamp, his Justice Department has made some incredible moves to “drain the swamp.” And they’re not just going after the swamp creatures of DC. They’re looking for anyone that’s trying to use their power to tip the scales in their favor.
Most recent example is billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein who was charged for sex trafficking.
The newly released charges concern an alleged multi-state sex trafficking ring Epstein operated between 2002 and 2005 with the help of his employees and associates.
Donald Trump is a friend of Epstein’s. He’s been quoted as saying “I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it — Jeffrey enjoys his social life.”
Epstein was recently charged in Florida but got a lenient deal by then US Attorney and now Donald Trump’s Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta.
Epstein sounds like the epitome of a swamp creature. Excited to see him behind bars for the rest of his natural life.
But that’s not all the swamp draining news today. GOP super donor Elliott Broidy is being investigated by the feds for using his status with the Trump campaign & inauguration to illegally attract foreign business.
They say money and power don’t make you evil. It just amplifies who you are.
Well, as capitalism has become more unrestrained, we’ve seen the growth of the rich. More people know power than ever before. We need a rule of law and independent Justice Department that’ll hold the rich and powerful to account for their actions. It’s good to see it work today, even within the Trump administration.