There are a plethora of reasons why Donald Trump shocked the entire world by defeating career criminal Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential election, but his aversion to governmental corruption was certainly the premiere motivation for many voters.
Trump summarized his complex plan to right the wrongs of the D.C. beltway in a simple message: Drain The Swamp. This small, three word message became a battlecry for Trump supporters who saw the Washington establishment’s continued opposition to the Trump way of thinking as a threat to their candidate, and now, their President.
Much of this corruption comes to us from Congress, whose historically low approval ratings belied a true lack of confidence in their abilities or willingness to improve the lives of their constituents. In reality, the sheer volume of the lobbyist influence on Washington is certainly to blame, but Congressional greed must also be present for this level of chicanery to occur. Throughout modern history, Americans have searched for ways to stem this tide of corruption to no avail. The one option that always seemed effective, but never possible, would be the installation of term limits for these public servants.
Given that the greedy, grubby Congressmen and Congresswomen would have to vote to apply their own term limits, the idea just never seemed likely…until now:
I recently had a terrific meeting with a bipartisan group of freshman lawmakers who feel very strongly in favor of Congressional term limits. I gave them my full support and endorsement for their efforts. #DrainTheSwamp
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 30, 2018
This move is an incredible break from tradition from a man who has made a career out of going just that.
And this isn’t out of the norm for Trump either, having floated the idea during the 2016 election itself.
Trump proposed a constitutional amendment in the late stages of the 2016 presidential campaign that would limit congressional terms to six years in the House of Representatives and 12 years in the Senate.
“They’ve been talking about that for years. Decades of failure in Washington and decades of special interest dealing must and will come to an end,” he saidin October 2016.“We’re going to put on term limits, which a lot of people aren’t happy about, but we’re putting on term limits. We’re doing a lot of things to clean up the system,” Trump said to CBS News in November 2016.