Matt Drudge seems to be a close ally of the Trump administration, which is currently making war on the House Freedom Caucus for its failure to pass Obamacare Lite and call it a success.
With that in mind, it was interesting to see Drudge Tweet this yesterday:
Intriguing lunch in hill office of America’s best senator, Rand Paul. He’s bold, brave and has somehow kept his heart in such a corrupt city
— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) March 30, 2017
Drudge Report founder Matt Drudge praised Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) after having lunch at his Capitol Hill office this week.
On Thursday morning, Drudge tweeted, “Intriguing lunch in hill office of America’s best senator, Rand Paul. He’s bold, brave and has somehow kept his heart in such a corrupt city.”
Drudge has been outspoken recently about his displeasure with the GOP. Last Thursday, amid the struggle to rally enough Republican votes to pass an ObamaCare repeal-and-replace plan, he tweeted, “The swamp drains you,” which many saw as a jab at President Trump’s campaign pledge to “drain the swamp.”
Drudge has previously said Republicans should be “sued for fraud” for not prioritizing tax cuts and an ObamaCare repeal.
This is curious. Throughout the election, Drudge seemed to wage open war on any candidates that might challenge Trump. Yet Paul is aligned with the very same Freedom Caucus that Trump seems to be threatening.
This doesn’t make sense for Trump. Freedom Caucus members like Thomas Massie showed a willingness to work with him, and Trump expressed enthusiasm for Senator Paul’s Obamacare replacement plan.
Has Drudge abandoned Trump, or is it possible that Trump’s war on the Freedom Caucus isn’t really a war at all, but a thinly veiled attempt to discredit Paul Ryan?