President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday proposed brutal punishments for flag burning, saying the loss of citizenship or a year in prison.
“Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag — if they do, there must be consequences — perhaps the loss of citizenship or year in jail!” Trump wrote in an early morning tweet.
The impetus for the president-elect’s 7 a.m. tweet is indistinct.
Fox News reported recently that Hampshire College in Massachusetts would quit flying all banners on grounds after an American banner was scorched after Trump’s win.
“We hope this will enable us to focus our efforts instead on addressing racist, misogynistic, Islamophobic, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic and anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and behaviors,” Hampshire’s leader, Jonathan Lash, said in a statement at the time.
In 2005 a bill was introduced that would outlaw burning the American flag.
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) November 29, 2016
Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) pushed back on Trump’s proposition amid an early morning meeting.
“I don’t think we want to make this a legal issue,” Duffy told CNN on Tuesday.
Burning the American flag was first ruled to be secured speech under the First Amendment in the 1989 Supreme Court case Texas v. Johnson.
An NBC News maker noted on Twitter that then-Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) presented a bill in 2005 that would have outlawed burning the American flag.
Early in his presidential campaign, Trump said that he bolstered repudiating the citizenship of children destined to undocumented migrants, yet this has all the earmarks of being the first run through from that point forward that he’s proposed renouncing citizenship as a punishment.