When the subject is politics, conservative Matt Drudge is probably one of the most popular, or unpopular depending upon your political bent, journalists in America today.
His website, the Drudge Report, is widely circulated and has been credited with breaking news stories such as the Monica Lewinsky scandal and Swift Boat Veterans For Truth.
Drudge made a rare appearance on the Michael Savage radio program in honor of Savage’s 75th birthday, and during the program, Druge, gave his personal impressions of President Trump’s “multi-faceted “crisis” that his administration has faced in its first few months.”
From Independent Journal Review:
In particular, Drudge suggested that the Republican-led Congress has been working to intentionally undermine Trump’s presidency, leaving the new administration facing a “crisis on many fronts”:
“I suspect there is a sabotage.”
“Do you know Obama had the stimulus package on his desk before Inauguration Day? What did this Congress give this great man? Nothing.”
Drudge pointed to the recent healthcare fumble as evidence of this, arguing that — even if the new plan had made it through the House — Republican figures in the Senate would have moved to block the reform effort:
“Donald Trump has been dealt a very bad hand here. Does the audience understand that?
He has a bad hand and that’s just the way it is.”
Drudge also weighed in on the president’s often contentious relationship with the media, saying that — while the industry “was near death” prior to Trump’s election — newspaper and television outlets are now enjoying “record ratings” due to the fact that they’ve been “consolidating” in their opposition to Trump.
Still, Drudge didn’t limit his criticisms strictly to Congress.
He also offered some advice on how the president could “reach out to the other half” in order to bring more left-leaning Americans around to his way of thinking — namely, by engaging in interviews with figures like Oprah Winfrey.
While Drudge said that he thinks the president would benefit from expressing the same “charisma” he did on the campaign trail — saying that he wishes that the White House “would let him return to Donald Trump, the full Donald Trump” — he warned against too many public appearances.
As Drudge put it:
“I don’t think President Trump needs to be out front every day saying something.”
“I think we would respect him if he got serious things done, and the end result: You judge the tree by the fruit.”
Watch the video interview with Michael Savage and Matt Drudge:
Drudge probably understands better than most what pitfalls and obstacles Trump will face in the coming months. Whether Trump will be able to accomplish much with an antagonistic congress on his heels is yet to be seen but it will be interesting to say the least.
Source: Independent Journal Review