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.
— Roger That (@RogerThatB17) May 9, 2018
Not Trumps fault. If propagandists had better ethics and values perhaps your "profession" wouldn't be in this mess. Don't blame the patient for malpractice, blame the DOCTOR.
— Kevin Walsh (@KevinWalsh1956) May 9, 2018
You reap what you sow.
— abstractjwl (@abstractjwl) May 9, 2018
Trump needs to bring Assange to the US and give him immunity
— AllenSircy (@ATOAllen) May 9, 2018
That's on the Media not Trump. You guys need to start policing each other instead of being complicit by silence
— Airborne Heel 🇺🇸 (@abnheel) May 9, 2018
Press did it to itself. YOU knowingly link to fake news daily. You should fear.
— Lee Marcum (@genesismarcum) May 9, 2018
Your "Never-Trump" is showing, Matt.
— Elizabeth Mays (@Elizabe02023897) May 9, 2018
You suck Drudge. What happened to you?
— Paul Brown (@PaulBro36121411) May 9, 2018
Well most of the media is bought and aid for corrupt, something needs to be done, the amount of people that believe the bullshit they spew is holding back American progress.
— Tult ham (@Tultham) May 9, 2018
That would be a fantastic idea.
— … (@jchs_17) May 9, 2018