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Jake Tapper: ‘Torches in the Street’ Had Obama Threatened Fox News’ License

Yesterday, President Donald Trump took aim at NBC News for reporting that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called the president a “moron” because Trump wanted a tenfold increase in the country’s nuclear arsenal. POTUS jumped on Twitter and threatened to challenge NBC News’ broadcasting licenses for reporting “fake news.” (Something he can’t really do, by the way.)

During a panel discussion on CNN’s The Lead this afternoon, anchor Jake Tapper noted that if Trump’s predecessor had taken aim at conservative outlets in this manner, the outrage would have been so loud that we would have likely seen action in the streets.

Pointing out that he began yesterday’s broadcast by holding up a copy of the Constitution, Tapper explained that the president is “talking about getting the government to go after media organizations for reporting things he doesn’t like.”

“It just boggles the mind, if President [Barack] Obama had said that about Fox or Breitbart or whatever, I mean, the reaction — there would be people with torches in the street,” Tapper declared.

Political commentator Angela Rye observed that “there are folks with torches in the street for other discourse that he has sewn,” obviously referencing Charlottesville. She also piggybacked on what Tapper had said about Trump not being able to revoke the network’s license, adding this is “another example of the fundamentals of government” Trump doesn’t understand.

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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