‘According to Southern Poverty Law Center editor Ryan Lenz, “drain the swamp” is a racist slogan.
While speaking with CNN’s John Berman Tuesday, Lenz said: “Drain the swamp was a meme, a twitter hashtag that grew, exploded really, after Donald Trump came forward with allegations that it was a rigged election, and it was spread specifically, or among the people that were spreading the ‘drain the swamp’ hashtag were avowed racists—white supremacists who exist on Twitter to harass and demean various ethnic groups.”
“So we have a little bit of a two-sided message here,” he said. “Yeah he’s saying stop it. But he’s also giving a ‘wink, wink, nod, nod’ to the very people he’s asking to step away from their violence.”’