One issue that has often divided the American people is whether or not it should be illegal to burn the flag of the United States. During an early morning tweet on Tuesday, #Donald Trump gave his thoughts.
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One of the corner stones of the United State is the #First Amendment, which includes freedom of the speech and freedom of expression. With the freedom of speech also comes the responsibilities of dealing with the backlash of controversial words or actions that might be protected under the First Amendment. For liberals and conservatives, what constitutes freedom of speech is often a very different thing. While Republicans and many on the right of the political spectrum often talk about protecting the Constitution, one issue has put that claim into question. As seen on his offical Twitter account on November 28, Donald Trump has a radical idea about what should happen to those who #burn the American flag.
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
"Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag - if they do, there must be consequences," Trump tweeted out Monday morning, before adding, "perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!" It's unsure what prompted the president-elect to send out such a tweet, but it quickly received a mixed reaction, while gaining over 31,000 "favorites" on Twitter.
In an odd turn of events, Trump's view on the issue conflicts with the man who he is soon to be replacing on the Supreme Court. The late Justice Antonin Scalia disagreed with Trump's statement, as he called the act of burning the American flag a "form of expression" in a 2012 interview. On the flip-side, back in 2005, Hillary Clinton, then a senator from New York, co-sponsored a bill with Republican Sen. Bennett that would have outlawed and made it illegal to burn the American flag. Despite some of his strong language on the campaign trail, this is the first time the billionaire real estate mogul has proposed revoking citizenship as punishment for an American.
Donald Trump has less than two months until he is sworn in as the next President of the United States. Until then, the former host of "The Apprentice" will continue to work with his transition team to fill out the remaining spots left in his administration, with the announcement of the next Secretary of State expected to be made within the next week.