Donald Trump Slams CNN, Flag-Burning in Early Morning Tweets

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President-elect Donald Trump went on the offensive against CNN early Tuesday, asserting that the cabler’s coverage of his nascent administration has grown “worse” since the election.

Trump also raised serious First Amendment concerns with a tweet suggesting that those caught burning the American flag should be punished by a year in jail or loss of citizenship. That message spurred a tidal wave of responses demonstrating the Supreme Court’s protection of flag burning as a free speech issue, including comments from conservative justices such as the late Antonin Scalia.

On Monday night, Trump reacted to CNN’s coverage of the growing effort to initiate recounts of the presidential vote in key swing states such as Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. He retweeted several missives from Twitter users critical of CNN and its senior Washington correspondent Jeff Zeleny and sent his own tweet slamming CNN for its “total (100%) support of Hillary Clinton.”

Early Tuesday morning, Trump reiterated his opinion that CNN has “failed so badly” in its journalistic mission.

Trump’s habit of sending out unvarnished opinions via Twitter at all hours of the day is one of the ways his presidency promises to be a break with decades of political tradition. The president-elect has been strongly criticized for waging what many see as petty personal battles while failing to use his platform to address the rising incidents of racist invective expressed by those who claim to be Trump supporters and hate crimes against people of color.

CNN did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Trump’s tweets.

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  1. Pat L Hayes says:

    Megyn Kelly should leave fox and take Juan Williams and Geraldo with her,

  2. Bas says:

    He is going to deregulate laws including agencies like DoJ/FCC thus allowing any big mergers including AT&T-Time Warner. He loves CNN, and Fox News but he likes when they give him absolute attention.Good Article.

    • CNN people would be behind bars had Trump been officially in office.

    • Ah Trump, you have the left by their nose rings :D

      “The Flag Protection Act of 2005 was a proposed United States federal law introduced by Senator Bob Bennett (R-Utah), with original co-sponsor Senator Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.).
      The law would have prohibited burning or otherwise destroying and damaging the US flag with the primary purpose of intimidation or inciting immediate violence or for the act of terrorism. It called for a punishment of no more than one year in prison and a fine of no more than $100,000; unless that flag was property of the United States Government, in which case the penalty would be a fine of not more than $250,000, not more than two years in prison, or both.”

      Now I wonder in addition to pointing to Hillary Clinton above … how many will left wing thugs will generate bad “optics” & flag burn in the name of free speech? additionally, additionally will the media cover the bad “optics” or refrain & the opportunities either scenario would provide.

      Regardless, I do hope Trump continues to lead the news cycle via twitter. It is very effective.

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