President Donald Trump threatened to revoke NBC's broadcast license after the network reported he asked for a dramatic increase in nuclear weapons.
NBC News reported Tuesday morning that Trump asked for a tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal during the same July 20 meeting that prompted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to call the president a "f*cking moron," which the same network first reported last week.
Trump responded by threatening to punish the network, which broadcast his reality show "The Apprentice" and invited him to host "Saturday Night Live" during the Republican primary.
With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1507730144.0
Twitter users responded in horror and warned Trump's response signaled a dark new chapter in presidential history.
Creeping fascism. Threatening free press. This is not a drill. #maga? #resist https://t.co/RG0oOv6NMJ— HG Tomato 🍅 Wash Your Hands (@HG Tomato 🍅 Wash Your Hands) 1507730520.0
This is remarkable anti-American and is an assault on our values. https://t.co/OH00g6vf8p— Shannon Ragland (@Shannon Ragland) 1507730884.0
Trump v NBC :: Monster v Dr. Frankenstein— Schooley (@Schooley) 1507730812.0
Trump threatens action against news org that displeases him. Every GOPer should respond to Corker's claim that the… https://t.co/cflqD7IuUs— Greg Sargent (@Greg Sargent) 1507730855.0
Adult daycare shift alert. Please report for duty. https://t.co/NgAP03X4xp— Preet Bharara (@Preet Bharara) 1507730886.0
I tell you what, when we get to that point, we'll let you know by amending the constitution https://t.co/8S8wWgdoL4— Leon Wolf (@Leon Wolf) 1507730388.0
He can't do this, but it's important that Trump would want to shut down outlets that report on his scandals. https://t.co/ksRPGXincc— Jared Yates Sexton (@Jared Yates Sexton) 1507730864.0
I take it he failed the IQ test and is lashing out? https://t.co/MC4yZH2KEz— Hemant Mehta (@Hemant Mehta) 1507730533.0
everything else aside here... I think the president of the United States doesn't know the difference between a TV n… https://t.co/AM7Id2suYf— Steven Perlberg (@Steven Perlberg) 1507731103.0
Do not allow yourself to get distracted from the fact that he is utterly failing at everything because he is a fuck… https://t.co/6T4474F5TF— Dan Froomkin/PressWatchers.org (@Dan Froomkin/PressWatchers.org) 1507731307.0