Conservative radio host: Dems are losing credibility because of anti-Trump messaging

Conservative talk show host Lawrence Jones said on Wednesday that Democrats are losing credibility with the American people by using negative messaging against President TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL players stand in tunnel during anthem, extending protests 12 former top intel officials blast Trump's move to revoke Brennan's security clearance NYT: Omarosa believed to have as many as 200 tapes MORE

"It's always an anti-Trump message instead of saying, 'you know what, Washington just sucks, and both political parties do it,'" Jones argued on Hill.TV.

Jones was responding to Hill.TV host Krystal Ball, who said recent allegations that Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossOn The Money: US-China trade talks to resume | Mnuchin warns of more Turkey sanctions | How Turkey's financial crisis could roil the US | Senate GOP seeks tax law fixes Watchdog files criminal complaint against Ross over stock holdings Reforms can stop members of Congress from using their public office for private gain MORE swindled large sums of money from associates during his time as a businessman were signs of a larger problem within the Trump administration. 

"This president ran on draining the swamp. He was supposed to be different," Ball told Jones on "Rising." 

"That's why the Democrats are losing so much credibility with the American people," Jones responded, before criticizing the "anti-Trump message."

The exchange comes after 21 of Ross's former colleagues in a Forbes article on Tuesday accused him of wrongly taking money from associates for himself. 

Ross would have swindled over $120 million from associates if the accusations are true. 

The Commerce Department has pushed back on the allegations. 

"The anonymously sourced Forbes story is based on false rumors, innuendo, and unverifiable claims," the department said in a statement, according to Business Insider. "The fact remains that no regulator has made any of these accusations against the Secretary. This rehash of old stories is clearly the result of a personal vendetta. The baseless claims made in this story were well publicized long ago and are not news."

The accusations against Ross follow Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittJudge rules against Trump attempt to delay Obama water rule Acting EPA Administrator Wheeler, please listen to your boss and approve year-round E15 Reforms can stop members of Congress from using their public office for private gain MORE's resignation last month. 

Pruitt was involved for months in controversies surrounding his spending, ethics and management practices. 

— Julia Manchester