During an early Tuesday morning tweetstorm, the president-elect picked apart CNN, congratulated himself for winning the state of Michigan, and threatened flag-burners. Donald Trump announced that he was awake at 6:15 a.m. with a tweet about his victory in the Rust Belt state. He added, “I thought that @CNN would get better after they failed so badly in their support of Hillary Clinton however, since election, they are worse!” The Donald had also attacked the cable news channel Monday evening, claiming that CNN was “embarrassed” of its coverage of his Democratic rival. And seemingly unrelatedly, Trump used the social-media platform to say he believes “nobody” should be “allowed to burn the American flag.” He added that “there must be consequences—perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!” Trump has yet to provide evidence of millions of people voting illegally, as claimed in his most recent tweetstorm. The president-elect has previously threatened to curb the First Amendment rights of the press, declaring during the campaign that he’d like to “open up the libel laws” to make it easier for him to sue outlets that give him unfavorable coverage.
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