Trump Comes Down Hard On Flag Burners With Powerful New Amendment
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On Saturday, President Trump announced his support for a potential constitutional amendment that would make it illegal to burn the American flag.“All in for Senator Steve Daines as he proposes an Amendment for a strong BAN on burning our American Flag. A no brainer!” President Trump said on Twitter while referring to the bill proposed by Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines and North Dakota Republican Sen. Kevin Cramer.
According to the Daily Caller, "The two Republicans introduced a constitutional amendment on Friday that would make it illegal to burn or desecrate the flag. Daines has submitted similar proposals in the past, usually to commemorate Flag Day."
The President has always been strongly against flag burning. In November of 2016, President Trump tweeted, "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 later showed his disapproval for the NFL kneeling protests by saying, “I don’t think people should be staying in the locker rooms, but still I think it’s good. You have to stand proudly for the National Anthem. You shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there. Maybe they shouldn’t be in the country."
Check out what Fox News reported:
The proposal is being sponsored in the Senate by Sens. Steve Daines of Montana and Kevin Cramer of North Dakota and in the House by Rep. Steve Womack of Arkansas. It calls for the U.S. Constitution to be amended so Congress would have “constitutional authority to ban the desecration of the United States flag.”
“The American Flag is a symbol of freedom – and it should always be protected,” Daines wrote Friday.
Added Cramer: “A flag worth dying for is a flag worth protecting.”
“Adding a Constitutional amendment to protect this symbol of freedom and liberty is not an attack on another Constitutional amendment,” he continued, “rather, it is an affirmation of the unifying principles our nation stands for.”
The amendment would be necessary because the Supreme Court has ruled in the past that flag-burning is a form of free speech protected by the First Amendment.
The new proposal was reintroduced Friday, which was Flag Day – and coincidentally President Trump’s 73rd birthday.
Of course, Democrats on Twitter defended the practice of burning the American flag.
"America is not a flag. Burning one is free speach. Banning it would be an infringement of free speach. We settled this a long time ago with a supreme court case. We dont have to take an oath either. Flipping the bird, saying fuck, it is all free speach," one Twitter user said.
"please not this stupidity again. the supreme court has ruled that flag burning is constitutionally-protected speech. any such legislation would be unconstitutional. that a loudmouth internet nobody like me has to explain this to the president of the united states boggles the mind," another user said.
One user suggested that this statement by President Trump is an "insult to free speech."
"Because I respect the flag and all those who sacrificed so much for it, I would never even think for a moment to desecrate everything it stands for by supporting a dictatorial Constitutional Amendment to outlaw burning the American flag. That’s an insult to freedom and democracy," Eugene Gu started on Twitter.
"People like Senator Steve Daines and Donald Trump love to play demagogue and are eager to “virtue signal” their patriotism by banning flag burning. In reality, they’re the ones burning the whole spirit of the flag by suppressing freedom of speech and promoting state censorship," he continued.
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