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Trump calls for jail time and loss of citizenship for flag burners

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By Vince Little, Staff Writer

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On November 29th, President-elect Donald Trump tweeted about something that hasn’t been touched since 1989.

“Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!”

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This has sparked great amounts of backlash on social media, as well as right in front of Trump tower, where protesters have burned American flags.

In the Supreme Court case Texas v. Johnson, the original case that dealt with the flag burning issue, setting the sacred flag ablaze was declared constitutional and was protected by the First amendment as freedom of symbolic speech. Trump’s statement tampers with the foundation of Americans’ rights. The responses to this tweet have mainly been either with Trump completely or one hundred percent against him.

President Trump is still in the very early stages of his term, and the choices and actions he has considered are nowhere near set in stone. We’ll see how this flag-burning-consequence statement in particular plays out on social media and with protesters on the streets.

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Vince Little, Staff Writer

Vince is a senior. This is his second year on the newspaper staff. He loves being creative whether that's in music, writing or photography, but mostly...

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