Lots of hurt butts out there.
Two former RedState contributors say that they quit the conservative site over what they call a shift to consistently positive coverage of President Trump.
Kimberly Ross, a former senior contributor for RedState, and Andrea Ruth, who once was a contributing editor at the outlet, said in a Bulwark article Thursday the site’s management made it clear in mid-2018 to “tread lightly when it comes to criticizing Trump.”
The two former contributors said that Salem Media Group, which owns RedState, decided there had been too much criticism of Trump in the media and dismissed several journalists and editors who were “unapologetic Trump critics.”
Requests for comment to Salem Media Group’s corporate headquarters were not immediately returned.
Later Thursday, a third RedState writer, Sarah Quinlan, also resigned from the outlet, claiming that it was “no longer a good fit” for her to work there.
“I submitted my resignation from RedState this morning,” Quinlan tweeted. “It’s hard to put into words just how much I truly loved being able to write for the RedState audience over the past year, so I’m *extremely* grateful for the opportunity to do so. However, it was simply no longer a good fit.”
On Thursday, Ross and Ruth said that they could no longer work under RedState’s name because the previous mix of pieces — some positive, others not — shifted to mostly supportive.
“Though we continued on in the hopes the atmosphere might change, that approach is now untenable,” the piece said.
“[W]e … believe a healthy conservative media is not only beneficial but necessary,” Ross and Ruth wrote. “Unfortunately for RedState, 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.”
Can you imagine if back in January 2011 three of the writers at DailyKos or Huffington Post announced they were quitting because of the site’s “pro-Obama tilt?” Of course not – they would have been purged three years earlier.
If there wasn’t so much at stake it would be amusing to watch NeverTrumpers evolve in their reasons for opposing Trump. In the beginning they said stuff like:
“Nominating Trump is the same as electing Hillary”
“Trump will cost us the House and the Senate.”
“Trump will get us in a war.”
“Trump will wreck our economy.”
By the general election it was:
“We have to vote for Hillary to save the GOP”
By the midterm it was:
“We have to vote for Democrats to save the party.”
Now some of them are working for a liberal billionaire, and the rest act as though Trump supporters should be begging them for forgiveness.
How can anyone who claims to be a conservative Republican look at the past two years and see anything but a period of huge success for America, conservatism, and the GOP? How much more would Trump have accomplished if he had the full support of the Republicans in Congress?
As far as I am concerned, NeverTrumpers can go fuck themselves.