This morning, President-elect Donald Trump once again showed a shocking disregard for the U.S. Constitution when he tweeted that flag burners should be jailed or stripped of citizenship. It turns out we can probably thank Fox News’ unceasing effort to demonize dissenters for this latest round of authoritarianism.
Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag - if they do, there must be consequences - perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2016
In fact, the U.S. Supreme Court has specifically ruled that burning the flag is free speech protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. It’s not clear whether Trump – who doesn’t know what the 13 stripes on the flag mean – is just as ignorant about the Constitution or thinks he’s entitled to ignore it. Or both.
One thing we do know is that Trump thinks that stifling free speech and dissent is time better spent than, say, reading his daily intelligence briefings.
Any regular Fox News watcher is well aware that the “fair and balanced” network regularly wraps itself in the flag in order to whip up hatred and intolerance among its viewers for their fellow Americans with different political views. So I immediately suspected something on Fox News prompted Trump’s fascist tweet.
ABC News’ Katherine Faulders confirmed my suspicions. She noted that Fox just happened to air its latest stand for the flag (and against free speech) at the same time that Trump tweeted.
Watch Stephen Colbert hilariously expose Trump’s ignorance about the flag below, on The Colbert Report on July 15, 2008.
Most elementary school children know more about our history, The Constitution and the Federal Government than he does.
David Lindsay — Did you mean G-Dub, not Daddy Bush?
Tip of the hat to Mathew A Cherry
I think Trump wants to be anywhere but 1600 Pennsylvania. He’s picked the cabinet from hell. And now he must proceed.
There is an analogy between Trump and a porn star that I’m not ready to give. But soon.
Hah!!! Jiu Jitsu!!!
I think I just saw George H W Bush’s motorcade going through the Tanglewood neighborhood a half hour ago. My God. H W Bush seems like freaking Dwight David Eisenhower now.