Trump: Flag burners could lose citizenship

2016-11-29 18:05
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New York - US president-elect Donald Trump has warned in a tweet that anyone who burns an American flag should face unspecified "consequences", such as jail or even a loss of citizenship.

This is in direct conflict with free speech rights guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution and comes as Trump struggles to name a secretary of state.

He tweeted: "Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag - if they do, there must be consequences - perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!" It was not clear what prompted the tweet on Tuesday morning.

The Supreme Court ruled in 1969 that flag-burning is protected by the First Amendment.


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