Drudge hits Trump over call to take away reporters' credentials

Drudge Report chief Matt Drudge criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump fires intelligence community inspector general who flagged Ukraine whistleblower complaint Trump organization has laid off over 1000 employees due to pandemic: report Trump invokes Defense Production Act to prevent export of surgical masks, gloves 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 ComeyIs coronavirus the final Trump crisis? Full appeals court to rehear case over McGahn subpoena Tucker Carlson: Biden's 'fading intellect' an 'opportunity' for Democrats to control him MORE to imprison journalists that published classified information.