Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.
When Donald Trump was running for president in 2015 and 2016, Matt Drudge’s the Drudge Report—one of the most high-traffic right-wing websites—was full of pro-Trump headlines. But if a banner that appeared on the Drudge Report on January 17 is any indication, there could be trouble in paradise. That banner reads, “Did Trump bribe Drudge poll?,” implying that a Drudge Report poll was rigged to be favorable to President Trump.
The banner links to a January 17 Wall Street Journal article on poll rigging in Trump’s favor. The article alleges that in early 2015, Trump supporter John Gauger—owner of the company RedFinch Solutions and chief information officer at Liberty University—was paid around $12,000-$13,000 dollars to help Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney, rig online polls on Trump’s behalf.…