Trump: Loss of citizenship for US flag burners

President-elect suggests jail time, loss of citizenship for act, despite Supreme Court rulings

Trump: Loss of citizenship for US flag burners

World Bulletin / News Desk

 President-elect Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that burning the American flag should be criminalized. 

"Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag -- if they do, there must be consequences -- perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!" Trump wrote in an early morning Twitter post. 

The protest was deemed constitutional following a landmark 1990 Supreme Court case. The top court ruled then that a federal law against desecration of the flag violated the First Amendment of the Constitution, which guarantees freedom of speech.

And in a separate 1967 case the Supreme Court ruled that American citizens cannot be stripped of their citizenship involuntarily.

Trump did not specify what prompted his call.

Speaking to CNN, Trump transition spokesman Jason Miller insisted that "flag burning should be illegal.

"The president-elect is a very strong supporter of the First Amendment, but there's a big difference between that and burning the American flag," he said.

It is not clear how those two seemingly at odds sentiments could be reconciled, and when repeatedly questioned about constitutional law, the spokesman would only say "flag burning should be illegal. End of story”.

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