Two RedState writers quit, citing pro-Trump bias

Two RedState writers quit, citing pro-Trump bias
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Two writers for the conservative website RedState have announced they are leaving the publication, saying they were not allowed to criticize President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Trump rips Michigan Rep. Dingell after Fox News appearance: 'Really pathetic!' MORE or his Make America Great Again (MAGA) supporters.

“We learned personally that writers who dare to examine President Trump or the MAGA mentality are purposely suppressed in private or even publicly criticized,” former RedState senior contributor Kimberly Ross and contributing editor Andrea Ruth wrote in a post for The Bulwark.

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In April, RedState fired some of its staff, with a general manager of Townhall.com, which has the same owner as RedState, saying in a memo that the company “could no longer support the entire roster of writers and editors.” 

The writers who were let go said they believed it was because they did not support the president.

Ruth and Ross wrote that since then, there has been “palpable” hostility toward anyone who speaks out against Trump. 

They cited as an example Ross condemning a far-right conspiracy theory claiming that a series of mail bombs sent to prominent Trump critics was actually a liberal hoax. She said the publication deleted any references to the post on social media. 

“The focus on clicks above all else, the fight over loyalty rather than ideology, and the refusal to accept any legitimate criticism of Trump is a stain on a once proud conservative publication,” Ross and Ruth wrote. 

They said "the allure of Trumpism has left the once great site a shell of its former self."

The RedState did not immediately respond to The Hill’s request for comment.