Today President-Elect Donald Trump tweeted that people who burn the American flag should maybe lose their American citizenship.
There is no part of the previous sentence that I find believable, in the sense of it being a thing that could actually happen. It’s been three weeks, and I still can’t believe we elected Trump. I think the mind-crackingly magnificent sensation of appalled embarrassment that comes over me whenever I think about it or stumble over one of his tweets is forcing me to reject the notion out of self defense.
Fortunately for any would-be flag-burners, there’s court precedent and the Constitution. The government can’t take away your citizenship. Also, burning the flag is protected speech under the First Amendment.
By the way, there’s a fake tweet making the rounds that shows Trump endorsing flag burning as a “peaceful and respectful” way of protesting. Snopes has the details.
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
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- AP: Writing about the ‘alt-right’
- Reuters: North Dakota officials back away from blockade plans for pipeline protesters
- Media Matters: Jake Tapper Responds To Trump’s Attack On The Media For Debunking His “Baseless” Voter Fraud “Conspiracy Theory”
- Christian Science Monitor: Trump Foundation admits to self-dealing: What does that mean?
- Vice: Guys Who Work the Menial Jobs at Westworld Tell Us What It’s Like
- Gizmodo: TFW You’re F*cking P*ssed Online But Afraid to Curse