Conservative Site RedState Apparently Purging Itself Of Trump Critics In ‘Mass Firing’

The owner of the site rid itself of a number of its writers on Friday, and it looks like the dismissals were for ideological purposes.

While many in conservative media complained vociferously about The Atlantic’s recent dismissal of right-wing writer Kevin Williamson over old comments he made about hanging women for having abortions, a well-known conservative site has decided to rid itself of a number of writers who haven’t jumped aboard the Trump Train.

Friday morning brought the news that Salem Media, the owner of influential right-wing site RedState, had fired a whole slew of writers while temporarily locking the site. RedState founder Erick Erickson, who left RedState a few years ago, broke the news of the “mass firing.”

CNN’s Brian Stelter highlighted that a number of sources told him that the terminations were largely determined by who was supportive of the president.

“”Insufficiently partisan” was the phrase one writer used in a RedState group chat.

“They fired everybody who was insufficiently supportive of Trump,” one of the sources who spoke with CNNMoney said, adding, “how do you define being ‘sufficiently supportive’ of Trump?””

Stelter also reported that the firings were about money as well, but that sources told him that the “deciding factor between any two people seems to have been who liked the president and who didn’t.”

Some writers for the site spoke out on Twitter about the situation, including now-former editor-in-chief Caleb Howe.

Erickson wrote that he would take on recently fired RedState writers and put them on a stipend for his site The Resurgent, adding that it isn’t much but it could help. He also noted that RedState “is all but dead now.”

Interestingly, RedState had recently published pieces commenting on the Williamson situation and how it showed liberals were “afraid of ideas that are outside of their comfort zone.”

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Justin Baragona is the founder and publisher of Contemptor. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.
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