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Hækkerup: Støjberg creates division with swamp pronunciation

– We must have drained the swamp filled with Mette Frederiksen’s arrogance of power.

This is how it sounded on Saturday from the Liberal Party’s deputy chairman, Inger Støjberg, when she spoke at a demonstration against the government in Aarhus.

According to the Liberal Party, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (S) should acknowledge his responsibility in the case of the killing of all Danish mink.

Minister of Justice Nick Hækkerup (S) believes that “we must get the debate back on track”. He asks in a written comment the Liberals to “stop their divisive Trump rhetoric”.

– Yes, the government has made a mistake. We have deeply regretted and apologized for that.

– But the Liberal Party creates division in Denmark to gain political ground. It is deeply tasteless. And harmful. We do not want a situation like in the United States where the population loses confidence in the authorities, he writes.

The expression of draining the swamp has attracted attention in political circles. Not least because it has been frequently used by US President Donald Trump in his showdown with the central administration in Washington.

SF’s chairman, Pia Olsen Dyhr, believes that Inger Støjberg makes a completely unreasonable comparison by drawing parallels between Denmark and the USA, which in the four years with Trump as president has been split even more than before.

– I think it’s disgusting. And I think that Inger Støjberg should go out and draw her words.

– We do not need a polarized Denmark in the same way as we see in the USA, says Pia Olsen Dyhr.

The term “draining the swamp” has previously been used by former US President Ronald Reagan, among others. However, no one has used it as often as Donald Trump.

The Liberal Party’s chairman, Jakob Ellemann-Jensen, told TV2 on Sunday that he had not heard the announcement from Inger Støjberg.

– I’ve heard it used by the now fortunately former President of America.

– What he meant by that, I can assure you that the Liberal Party does not mean that, says Jakob Ellemann-Jensen to TV2.

Pia Olsen Dyhr is pleased with the Liberal Party chairman’s statements. But she also believes that he “should clearly demand that Inger Støjberg go out and say sorry”.

The Radicals’ political leader, Sofie Carsten Nielsen, has on Twitter asked that the Liberal Party distance itself from Inger Støjberg’s statement, which “is division in its essence” according to Sofie Carsten Nielsen.

The former left-wing minister Søren Pind has also commented on the statement from Støjberg on Twitter.

– “Drain the swamp …”. What is happening to my good, old party, Søren Pind asks.

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