Tweet of the Day: President-Elect Suggests Imprisonment for Exercising First Amendment Rights
Phew. President-Elect Donald Trump’s transition into the White House has been a blast. We’ve already gone through his conflicts of interests and new hat, but the big, Big, BIG thing on the Internet today has been Trump’s little stab at the First Amendment, arguably the second most-popular amendment behind the right to bear arms.
In an ill-advised tweet at 4am, his favorite time to decree something “Sad!” (though, not his favorite time to RT and agree with a 16-year-old—that would be 6pm), that billionaire reality TV game show host who won the presidency a few weeks ago tweeted that there should be consequences to flag burning, like maybe “perhaps loss of citizenship or a year in jail.”
Of course, flag burning is constitutionally permitted under the aforementioned First Amendment, so Twitter decided to remind our 45th president with the hat of this fact. Let’s just hope responding to tweets will be constitutionally permitted under the aforementioned First Amendment after January 20, he wrote in terror.
The President-Elect sez:
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
Ana Navarro is not having it.
If Republican Congress wants Trump to succeed, they must pass a law not allowing sitting President to tweet w/o adult supervision. Now.— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) November 29, 2016
Flag burning? The Supreme Court says, "I'll allow it!"
Justice Scalia (not a king) agrees, we have a First Amendment.
Two Constitutional violations for the price of one!
I'm feeling lucky.
This clapping man is right!
The 👏 story 👏 isn't 👏 flag 👏 burning 👏 it 👏 is 👏 Trump 👏 wanting 👏 to 👏 strip 👏 citizenship 👏 and 👏 voting 👏 rights 👏 from 👏 dissidents.— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) November 29, 2016
From Mitch's mouth...
Mitch McConnell on flag burning: "People like that pose little harm to our country. But tinkering with our First Amendment might."— Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) November 29, 2016
Solid defense and pivot from House Majority Leader McCarthy
Quote from the future?
JUDGE: You've been convicted of one count of Being Mean To The Flag. The jury will decide your sentence: loss of citizenship or year in jail— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) November 29, 2016
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