President-elect Donald Trump is thinking about arresting or revoking the citizenship of American flag burners.
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
This is not going to happen. CNN reports that the Supreme Court has ruled that Americans have the right to defile the American flag twice, in 1989 and 1990.
CNN legal analyst Steve Vladeck condemns Trump's "plan" — if you can call it that — as a clear violation of constitutional entitlements.
"In addition to ignoring the Supreme Court's clear teaching that flag burning is constitutionally protected speech, Mr. Trump's tweet also casually suggests that citizens should lose their citizenship as a 'penalty' for such acts," Vladeck said. "Even if flag burning wasn't protected, it would still be unconstitutional to deprive someone of their citizenship without some voluntary act on their part to renounce their allegiance to the United States or pledge fealty to a foreign sovereign."
Needless to say, Twitter had a lot of opinions about Trump's insane declaration.
@realDonaldTrump if you arrest someone for burning the flag, you may as well burn the constitution. That's just a fact.— Kevin (@TheKevinDent) November 29, 2016
@realDonaldTrump brooooo you're gonna be president and you're tweeting about revoking 1st amendment rights...— Jordan Maron (@CaptainSparklez) November 29, 2016
@realDonaldTrump This is horrifying authoritarian pre-positioning for ever greater assaults on fundamental freedoms.— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) November 29, 2016
One user pointed out the utter hypocrisy of his assertion.
bro you know that flag-burning is how you get rid of worn flags right— Contents May Differ (@NoraReed) November 29, 2016
it's in the flag code @realDonaldTrump
A tweet from user Dave Itzkoff, which features a photo of DNC hero Khizr Khan, wins the entire debate.
Please sit down, Trump. Sincerely, Twitter.
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