The First Amendment’s Fickle Allies

Nearly a year and a half after he made what turned out to be a historic trip down the escalator, we should all know that to pay attention to Donald Trump’s tweets is to venture onto a surreal political landscape of his own making. So the fact that Trump’s tweet this morning about banning flag-burning has already engendered widespread liberal dismay and outraged headlines in newspapers like the New York Times is already a political victory for the president-elect. Despite having already been counseled by savvy observers not to take the bait every time Trump tweets, it appears the mainstream media is fated to go on playing his game indefinitely.

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The First Amendment’s Fickle Allies

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