March 21, 2023

Top Republican commentator Matt Drudge just stabbed Trump in the back over attacks on press

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This morning, Trump made a disgusting threat that, quite frankly, it’s surprising he hasn’t chosen to follow through on sooner. Our thin-skinned president took to Twitter to whine about “Fake News” for the umpteenth time, which we all know by now just means honest reporting that paints his incompetency or cruelty in the unflattering light it deserves.

He claimed that 91% of his coverage in the media is negative which, if true, would make sense given what a terrible leader he’s turned out to be, between his administration’s rampant corruption, the constant barrage of abuse and sex scandals, and its outright destructive policies.

Trump mused that since the news agencies are “corrupt” he may have to take away their credentials, presumably only allowing access to his personal propaganda machine Fox News and the far-right fringe publications that run fawning coverage of him. In the process, he’d be denying Americans their right to hold their leaders accountable. It’s an indefensible idea that shows how deeply his un-American authoritarian streak really runs.

Now, it appears Trump’s tweet is receiving the backlash it deserves – and from a surprising corner. Matt Drudge, the right-wing mastermind behind the online conservative news site The Drudge Report took to Twitter to say that he fears the implications of Trump’s “crusade on ‘fake news,’ and postulates that it could lead to the licensing of all reporters. Presumably, this, in turn, would allow the White House to muzzle dissent and prevent honest journalism,

Since it’s Drudge, he also had to get in a disingenuous dig at Democrats before stating that the “mop up” of the mess Trump will make if he goes through on this plan will be “excruciating.” While Drudge is wrong about most things, most of the time, he is certainly correct here. Trump is making an absolute mess of our democratic norms, and it’s going to take a very long time and a lot of work to clean it up.

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Not surprisingly, many of Trump’s brainwashed supporters pounced on Drudge in support of their glorious leader.

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Robert Haffey

Robert Haffey is a political writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.

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