He’s back on Twitter!!
Back in 1989, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that flag burning constituted free speech and was therefore protected under the First Amendment…a decision even the late Justice Antonin Scalia agreed with.
Donald Trump, however, has a different opinion. He tweeted the following proposal on Tuesday:
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
Trump’s tweet is another terrifying sign of how he may crack down on dissent during his administration, even if it means trampling the Constitution in the process.
@realDonaldTrump Are you trolling us? As President, you will be required to uphold the U.S. Constitution, including the First Amendment.
— Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) November 29, 2016
— 🇺🇸Joel🇺🇸 (@JoelNihlean) November 29, 2016
@realDonaldTrump I'm so tired and it's still only November
— Matt Peterson (@mattbpete) November 29, 2016
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) November 29, 2016
@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 This is horrifying authoritarian pre-positioning for ever greater assaults on fundamental freedoms.
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) November 29, 2016