Right-winger Matt Drudge, who has long been a booster of President Donald Trump, seems to be concerned about the long-term consequences of the president's "crusade" against the "fake news" media.
After the president tweeted on Wednesday that all "negative" news about him and his administration constituted "fake" news, Drudge wrote on Twitter that he feared Trump's statements might one day be used as excuses to dramatically crack down on the free press.
"I fear the future result of Trump’s crusade on ‘fake news’ will be licensing of all reporters," he wrote. "[Dems already floated this in the senate pre-Trump.] The mop up on this issue is going to be excruciating..."
Despite the fact that Drudge has typically been sympathetic in his own writing on Trump, Trump supporters angrily lashed out at him and told him that if Trump or some future president shut down the free press, the free press itself would be to blame.
Check out some of the responses below.
@DRUDGE Its these news agencies claiming to have credible 'anonymous' sources but then only spewing out obstruction towards @POTUS #MAGA— ❌Roger That❌ (@❌Roger That❌)1525873242.0
@DRUDGE You reap what you sow.— Abstractjwl (@Abstractjwl)1525873086.0
@DRUDGE Trump needs to bring Assange to the US and give him immunity— AllenSircy (@AllenSircy)1525873024.0
@DRUDGE That's on the Media not Trump. You guys need to start policing each other instead of being complicit by silence— Airborne Gulag Inmate (@Airborne Gulag Inmate)1525873581.0
@DRUDGE Your "Never-Trump" is showing, Matt.— Elizabeth Mays (@Elizabeth Mays)1525873645.0
@DRUDGE You suck Drudge. What happened to you?— Paul Brown (@Paul Brown)1525873794.0