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DeSantis: “The Swamp Got Worse” When Trump Was President

Presidential candidate Ron DeSantis says he gives Trump credit for what he did do. “But one of the things he did not do was drain the swamp.”

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA — Ron DeSantis claimed the “swamp got worse” while Trump was in the White House in his most pointed jab at the former president since launching his campaign.

During a Tuesday interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, DeSantis said Trump failed to hold FBI Director Christopher Wray and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accountable.


“Well, he [Trump] had three years to fire Christopher Wray, and he didn’t fire him,” DeSantis told Ingraham. “And, remember, I went to the rallies in 2016, Laura. You remember them, ‘Lock her up, lock her up,’ about holding Hillary accountable.”

But two weeks after Trump was elected, DeSantis says the former president reversed course and let Hillary off the hook. DeSantis has vowed to fire Wray on day one of his presidency.


“I give him credit, even though we’re competing, for the great things he did do,” DeSantis said about Trump. “But one of the things he did not do was drain the swamp. I mean, the swamp got worse in his four years.”

DeSantis said that during Trump’s term, people in power were not doing their job and said “very swift action” is needed to hold people accountable. He then highlighted his record of draining the swamp in Florida.

DeSantis made national headlines when he removed two Soros-backed prosecutors. As governor, he’s also suspended a Palm Beach County elections supervisor, a Broward County Sheriff and a Superintendent of Schools who failed to uphold their oaths of office.

In July, Republican House Judiciary Committee members in Congress grilled FBI Director Wray with questions related to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and alleged political bias in the FBI. Republicans have accused both the FBI and the Department of Justice (DOJ) of political weaponization under President Biden as former President Trump faces two federal indictments.

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