Drudge hits Trump over call to take away reporters' credentials

Drudge Report chief Matt Drudge criticized President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump PACs brought in over M for the first half of 2021 Chicago owes Trump M tax refund, state's attorney mounts legal challenge Biden hits resistance from unions on vaccine requirement MORE on Wednesday for his threat to take away credentials from news outlets.

“I fear the future result of Trump’s crusade on ‘fake news’ will be a licensing of all reporters,” said Drudge, who typically deletes his tweets shortly after posting them.

"The mop up on this issue is going to be excruciating," he added. 

Drudge, who is largely supportive of the president, added that Senate Democrats had floated such an idea before Trump was president.

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Trump was referencing a recent report from the politically conservative Media Research Center that found 91 percent of “evaluative” statements made on the three main nightly newscasts from June to August of last year about Trump were negative.

The president has often gone after the media for what he views as unfair coverage that he has deemed “fake news” and talked about taking retaliatory measures against journalists.

In the past, he has floated canceling the daily press briefings and threatened to change libel laws so that when journalists write “purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money.”

Last year it was reported that Trump had urged former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyBiden sister has book deal, set to publish in April Mystery surrounds Justice's pledge on journalist records NYT publisher: DOJ phone records seizure a 'dangerous incursion' on press freedom MORE to imprison journalists that published classified information.