By vexed, I mean apoplectic. Here’s the tweet, if you haven’t seen it
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
This is what you call an “opinion.” Since it’s coming from the soon to be POTUS, it obviously holds a bit more weight, by, it’s an opinion. I personally disagree with it, holding the opinion that you should be allowed to burn the flag, and, if so, someone should be allowed to punch you in the face once without facing assault charges. That’s me. For the NY Times Editorial Board, it’s Defcon 1
It should be noted that the subhead on the front page reads “Why is the president-elect afraid of free speech?” Remember all those times the NY Times took Obama to task for when his IRS was abusing its power against Conservative groups? Or any of his other anti-free speech stances?
When Donald Trump, hand on the Bible on Jan. 20, swears to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, we the people will have good reason to doubt he knows what he’s talking about. Consider what he tweeted out on Tuesday:
“Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!”
Here’s where we explain what shouldn’t need explaining. Flag-burning is constitutionally protected speech. The Supreme Court has made this clear, in a ruling joined by Mr. Trump’s favorite justice, Antonin Scalia. It’s popular to want to punish flag-burners — pandering politicians, including Hillary Clinton, have tried. But the First Amendment exists to protect unpopular, even repulsive forms of expression. As the Supreme Court said in a 1990 decision finding a federal law against flag-burning unconstitutional, “Punishing desecration of the flag dilutes the very freedom that makes this emblem so revered, and worth revering.”
So, they go on in this fashion for awhile (the Washington Post Editorial Board is also having a snit fit, to go with so many other media outlets), ending with
He tweets, he posts, he incites. He trolls. He commands a global platform and will soon be America’s commander in chief. But it has to be said, and said again: This is not normal. It demeans the presidency.
We could play the “well, why weren’t you upset when Obama did it” game, but, hey, lapdog media. Let’s note one word: trolls. And consider something Newt Gingrich said
“[The Apprentice] was a remarkably popular show,” Gingrich told Fox News host Jenna Lee during the interview. “[Trump] understands the value of tension. He understands the value of showmanship. And candidly, the news media is going to chase the rabbit. So it’s better off for him to give them a rabbit than for them to go find their own rabbit. He’s had them fixated on Mitt Romney now for five or six days. I think from his perspective, that’s terrific. It gives everyone something to talk about.”
Trump tweets, and the Democrats and their Compliant Media immediately jump to some sort of high level Moonbattery. Trump is most likely playing with them with tweets like the flag burning one. It sets them off on their chase for the white rabbit. Trump’s not going to attempt to get Congress to pass a law on flag burning. He won’t waste time with executive action. He probably sat around Tuesday and laughed at how easy the Leftist media is, and is getting a chuckle out of it today. A separate article in the NY Times shows some may get it
“Media would be wise to stop hyper-coverage of Trump’s tweets — they distract, distort and debase,” Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation, said in a Twitter post on Tuesday.
The historian Fred Kaplan declared, “It’s time to ignore his tweets,” echoing others who wondered whether Mr. Trump’s provocative statements were a deliberate effort to distract journalists.
But, most will take the bait. They can’t ignore it, and it’ll send them, and, more importantly, the opinion writers and editorial boards into Moonbat Level 10. Which will provide great amusement for us for years to come.
Crossed at Right Wing News.