Burning the flag is protected under free speech. Trump is in favor of changing this. And he isn’t talking about giving someone who does it a slap on the wrist. Trump is dead serious about this. It could come with serious consequences. So, with that in mind, are you with Trump?
By Alex Pfeiffer
Advocating for a law criminalizing the desecration of the American flag has become part of President-elect Donald Trump’s stump speech as he travels the country thanking supporters.
Trump first brought up the notion of outlawing flag burning on Twitter a little over a week ago. “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!,” he said.
At the time, some journalists thought Trump brought up the notion of punishing flag burning as a means to distract from other issues. The Intercept wrote, “Donald Trump Flag-Burning Tweet Inflames, Distracts, Offends the Constitution,” and Esquire wrote, “Trump Saw Something on Fox News, Hastily Tweeted About It, Now It’s the Daily Distraction.”
However, at his past three rallies, Trump has brought up flag burning and always in the form of a question. Last Thursday, he said, “Do you agree with my stance that if people burn the American flag there should be consequence? Right?”