Nothing is safe from left wing mobs who are intent on destroying American symbols.
Even Old Glory.
But tonight President Trump made it clear that he wants to put a stop to it.
“We ought to come up with legislation that if you burn the American flag, you go to jail for one year. One year,” Trump said, claiming that he’s “a big believer in freedom of speech,” but calling flag burning “desecration.”
Trump cited an incident at a protest in Portland as the inspiration for his proposal. “Two days ago, leftist protesters in Portland, Oregon ripped down a statue of George Washington and wrapped in an American flag, and set the American flag on fire,” Trump said to raucous boos from the crowd. “Democrat, all Democrat. Everything I tell you is Democrat,” he added.”
President Trump and other proud American Patriots view the burning of the flag as desecration and an insult to all those who came before us:
Flag burning is a contentious issue which people have been divided on for many decades.
The issue was utimately decided in the 80s when a 5-4 Supreme Court ruling sided with flag burners citing the 1st Amendment.
For the radical left, it is the perfect expression of their hatred for America.
The issue of flag burning has long been on President Trump's radar.
He has consistently been a champion of the symbol of our country and freedom.
From The Hill last year:
Forty-eight states had laws against flag burning until the 1989 Texas v. Johnson Supreme Court decision ruled that the act was protected under the First Amendment’s freedom of speech clause.
Trump has frequently cited the flag as a symbol of national pride, at times even embracing flags at rallies when he appears on stage."
The only way to currently criminalize the act of burning the American flag would be to pass a Constitutional Amendment banning it.
2006 was the closest it has recently come to passing, as reported by CBS:
A constitutional amendment to ban flag desecration died in a Senate cliffhanger Tuesday, a single vote short of the support needed to send it to the states for ratification and four months before voters elect a new Congress.