Limbaugh Has Interesting Response To Drudge Report Turning Anti-Trump
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Has the Drudge Report turned anti-Trump?
That's what one caller asked conservative talk radio show host Rush Limbaugh this week, and his response is quite interesting.
During a segment on his program, Limbaugh took a call from a man named Brad who wanted to know why the Drudge Report, which was founded and is run by conservative journalist Matt Drudge, has been noticeably negative towards President Donald Trump in recent months.
Brad asked Limbaugh: "Yes, sir. Quick question about Matt Drudge. I want to get your take on Drudge and the doom and gloom Drudge seems to hot link every single day now for like the last year or so. And the question is, sir, do you think Drudge is now a Never Trumper?"
Rush's theory? He doesn't really know either.
Limbaugh said it could be because Drudge wants to be unpredictable and grow his audience to segments that may not support Trump or be conservative.
Rush also speculated that Drudge could think Trump hasn't owned up to some of his campaign promises, such as immigration, and he's trying to run anti-Trump stories to motivate the president to get other things done.
Below is a transcript of the conversation:
RUSH: Well, what do you think is going on? You obviously have noticed it, so what do you think or what do you fear the explanation is?
CALLER: I’m in immigration. I work for the federal government, but I can’t go into it too much because of the Hatch Act. But I think it’s because of his immigration thing a couple years ago that he wasn’t tough enough on it. That’s the only thing I can think of, but I’ve noticed it, it’s marked in the last year, year and a half —
RUSH: This is an interesting theory. Let me rephrase this as I would say what I just heard you say. Don’t be offended by this. This is the way I explain it to myself. You tell me if I’ve got this right or wrong.
Back in the days of the Trump campaign and leading up, you know, the first few months after the Trump inauguration, the Drudge page appeared to be highly supportive of policies and the election of Donald Trump. And then you detected a softening of support for Trump that’s now evolved to where you think there may actively be opposition or criticism, blatant taking the media stories that are highly critical of Trump and banner headlining them.
You think this is because Drudge is upset that Trump hasn’t done enough of what he said he was gonna do, particularly on the wall, particularly on immigration, and you think Drudge may be a little upset that Trump is not following through enough on what he said?
CALLER: You know, Mr. Limbaugh, as usual, you draw an illustrative picture, and I think that’s it. That is it.
RUSH: Well, you’re not the first person to ask me this, just so you know, Brad. My email inbox every day, “What’s happening to Drudge, Rush? What’s going on with Drudge?” And I tell people, “Have you ever heard of clicks?” Matt Drudge has always, has always sought to have his page be unpredictable and not uniform. He has always sought to have one of the busiest and most trafficked Web pages, websites out there, and there’s a lot that goes into doing that. There’s a lot of unpredictability.
RUSH: Not appearing to be in one camp constantly. And, you know, Drudge is a one-man show. You could be right. He literally could be either mad at Trump, let down, disappointed by Trump, any number of things. I actually don’t know, ’cause I don’t.
RUSH: It’s a good one. I don’t ask him. There’s a professional courtesy. He can run his business however he wants. I don’t ask him. He has never said one thing about how I do this radio show. He’s never had one comment, other than to praise how wonderful and great it is and meaningful and powerful and all, but he’s never — I mean, in the micromanagement, “Why, you shouldn’t be talking about…” never, never anything like that. So, it’s a professional courtesy.
Folks, I just study it, try to figure it out on my own without intruding because it’s his business and he can do it as he wishes. And he’s obviously, you know, he’s near the top of the pack in traffic websites.
But it’s interesting, that for this complaint to exist, there had to at one time have been a perception that Drudge was all-in on the Trump candidacy and the Trump presidency. I don’t think that’s wrong. I think that’s probably true.
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