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And the trained seals lap it up.
This is part of a reader's comment posted on a today's newspaper. They're criticizing the reaction of some politicians to some decisions made by the federal government. I also think they're talking about the sea mammal when they say " trained seals" and I wonder if the right verb should be "clap" instead of "lap".
Not a teacher.
The sentence basically means that the politicians who always do what they are told (trained seals) just accept whatever is given to them eagerly and without question (lap it up).
When an animal is drinking liquid quickly and eagerly with their tongue, they are "lapping up" the liquid.