Every time Donald Trump goes off on one of his 3AM Twitter rants, chances are he is either trying to deflect attention from a bad news story about him, or attempting to get liberals to do something really stupid in response.
When Trump’s feud with the cast of Hamilton was going on, it was meant to distract the media from his Trump University fraud settlement. When he went off about illegal voters, it was to turn attention away from the recount effort in Wisconsin.
Now Trump is talking about violating the 1st Amendment rights of people who burn flags, because his massive conflict of interest problems are coming to light.
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
Is his Tweet ridiculous and unconstitutional? Of course, but that’s what he intended to do: create a furor in the media, and troll liberals into burning flags.
Naturally, they did exactly that, much to the glee of the Basket of Deplorables. It’s simple, effective, and extremely efficient way to rile up the far-right.
“A small group of hard-left activists burned foot-long U.S. flags outside the Trump International Hotel in New York on Tuesday, in an angry response to a tweet by President-elect Donald Trump that flag-burners should face legal consequences.
Social media was itself ablaze on Tuesday in response to Trump’s tweet, which suggested that burning the U.S. flag should be punishable by a year in jail or a revocation of citizenship.
Trump’s provocative tweets on flag-burning and other topics, including efforts to recount the Nov. 8 presidential vote, came as the Republican worked to fill his Cabinet in advance of his inauguration in January.” (Source)
If there is one thing Donald Trump is extremely skilled at, it is trolling the media and the left. It’s how he managed to first secure the Republican nomination, and then the presidency – all while spending very little of his own money in the process.
Getting enough people on the left to burn flags not only allows Trump to deflect attention from his scandals, but also to portray his opposition as un-American. This also gets the angriest people on the far-right riled up and willing to attack protesters, or sign off on unconstitutional breaches of the 1st Amendment that he will likely propose to silence detractors.
However, if you really want to burn a flag and make a point, I have a solution for you. Find a Confederate flag, and burn it on camera in a safe and legal manner. I’ll even upload a couple if you email or Tweet them to me.