Shortly before president-elect Donald Trump suddenly floated the idea of banning flag desecretion and stripping offenders of their citizenship Tuesday, Fox News ran a segment that focused on a recent flag-burning.
Around 6:25 AM ET, Fox & Friends ran a segment on a controversy at a Massachusetts college over the decision to remove an American flag from its campus. Fox reported that Hampshire College made the decision after a campus-wide fight over the flag, during which “one flag was set on fire, and one was stolen in the wake of the President-elect Trump’s win.”
Around half an hour later, Trump shot off his tweet.
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
ABC News’ Katherine Faulders first noticed the timing behind Trump’s tweet.
— Katherine Faulders (@KFaulders) November 29, 2016
While circumstantial, it wouldn’t be the first time Trump has been perceived to react to the cable morning shows in real-time. During the election, he would often simply spit-ball criticism after seeing something he didn’t like.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 22, 2016
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