FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2016 file photo, protesters burn an American flag in Chicago. Champaign County Ill. (AP)

Donald Trump wants to take away citizenship for someone burning flags, continues to talk about voter fraud

The president-elect also took time from his busy schedule to retweet CNN bashing from a 16-year-old


Jeremy Binckes
November 29, 2016 6:53PM (UTC)

Donald Trump's awake and once again he's tweeting.

As the president-elect is flirting with one secretary of state openly detested by his allies and close advisers and another who willingly gave highly classified information to his mistress, as acts of racism are being carried out in his name he's angry that people somewhere are able to protest their First Amendment rights.

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Think about this for a moment. Trump — who for years said that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States — wants to be able to take away someone's citizenship for using permitted, albeit unpopular, speech. This isn't just settled law. This is extremely settled law. So much that even the late justice Antonin Scalia didn't want to change it.


Late Monday night, Trump took to Twitter to yell at CNN how he won "in a landslide" that was, at the same time, rigged. And even though no one could find voter fraud — except for a Trump voter — Trump didn't take this to mean that there was no voter fraud. Rather, he took it that journalists weren't working hard enough.


Trump also retweeted a 16-year-old fan who validated his opinions.

No matter what the president has to say, the following is true: Burning the American flag is constitutionally protected speech, there's no evidence of voter fraud, Donald Trump won the 2016 election while losing the popular vote, and he's going to enter the Oval Office with low popularity, tons of conflict-of-interest baggage and a health secretary who hates health care.

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Jeremy Binckes

Jeremy Binckes is the senior news editor at Salon.com.

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