WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump appeared at an NRCC fundraiser Tuesday night and once again reminisced about the election, recounting how "drain the swamp" sounded lame to him but then tried it on a Florida audience which went "crazy."
Turns out "drain the swamp" was tested in 2014 by Steve Bannon and Cambridge Analytica, the company now facing intense scrutiny over its Facebook data collection.
Trump on Tuesday said he usually likes to make up phrases himself but this was given to him.
"They had this expression, 'drain the swamp," and I hated it. I thought it was so hokey. I said, 'That is the hokiest — give me a break. I'm embarrassed to say it.'
"And I was in Florida with 25,000 people going wild, and I said, 'And we will drain the swamp.' The place went crazy. (Laughter.)
"I couldn't believe it. And then, the next speech, I said it again. And they went even crazier. 'We will drain the swamp.' … And every time I said it, I'd get the biggest applause. And after four or five times, I said, 'Boy, what a great expression. I love saying it. You know?' (Laughter.) It's amazing. It really is amazing. "
Trump went on to predict the GOP will retain the House majority.
"The truth is," he said, "the Democrats never have been more vulnerable because they've lost touch with normal, everyday working people. Democrats haven't learned. (Applause.) They still think the loyal citizens who care about jobs and borders and security are deplorable."
The annual March dinner raised a record $32 million.