President-elect Donald Trump has pretty much gone to war against CNN. Again. And now, Anderson Cooper, the face of the network’s nighttime programming, is firing back.
Cooper on Tuesday took issue with two claims Trump made on Twitter — one suggesting that he would have won the popular vote if not for “millions” of illegal votes, and his belief that anyone who burns an American flag should be subject to incarceration or a loss of citizenship.
For one, the Supreme Court in 1989’s Texas vs. Johnson decided that people do have the right to burn the flag if they so choose. Cooper noted that Trump had “gone against two parts of the Constitution in one tweet,” as the usual CNN panel played volleyball with the subject.
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Then, Cooper suggested that perhaps the president-elect should be doing something more constructive than watching TV — like, maybe reading his intelligence briefings:
“We are in uncharted waters with a president-elect who is continuing to tweet just as he did… during the campaign. I mean, when I first heard that he was tweeting about something that was on this broadcast… I kept thinking doesn’t he have, like, a briefing book on ISIS to be reading last night?”
Trump’s controversial take on flag-burning came after a handful of college students in Massachusetts burned a flag this week to protest Trump’s victory. Unfortunately for Trump, burning the flag is protected under the First Amendment.
Who really knows if Trump understands that he tweeted is fundamentally wrong. CNN analyst Jeffrey Lord said he thinks the comments will actually help Trump’s popularity and continue to stir up his base.