Yes, Matt Drudge’s “Drudge Report” is more than just a “website of links.” Since the Bill Clinton impeachment in the late 1990s, the simplistic page has served as a sort of front page for the political world — driving scads of traffic to at-times obscure stories (or publications) that Drudge highlights.
For Trump, Drudge has always been a critical touchstone. During his rise in the 2016 Republican primaries, Trump not only regularly touted stories he found on the Drudge Report but also cited Drudge’s post-debate polls, which are not even close to scientifically conducted, as evidence that he had performed best.
So pro-Trump was Drudge considered during the 2016 primary that Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas referred to the webpage as an “attack site for the Donald Trump campaign.”
And Drudge’s coverage of Trump in the general election was as laudatory as his coverage of Hillary Clinton, long a Drudge nemesis, was negative.
When Trump got to the White House, he didn’t forget Drudge: The two men met in the Oval Office in early 2017, according to Politico.
All of which makes Trump’s recent attacks on Drudge fascinating.
“Our people have all left Drudge,” Trump tweeted on Monday. “He is a confused MESS, has no clue what happened. Down 51%. @DRUDGE They like REVOLVER and others.”
(It’s not clear where Trump got the numbers on Drudge’s alleged traffic, although there is