In a bold and unprecedented defense of the America flag, Donald Trump suggested those who would burn the American flag should be punished by losing their citizenship or up to one year in jail.
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
Currently, the flag and actions around the flag such as burning it are protected under the First Amendment. The U.S. Supreme Court has resisted challenges to the flag falling under the First Amendment and consider actions around the flag to be “protected speech”.
Trump’s comments appear to be in response to a group of students in Massachusetts who burnt an American flag in response to the election results.Tags: American flag Donald Trump