Trump hits resistance in call to jail flag-burners
President-elect Donald Trump’s latest proposal to jail anyone who burns the American flag faced a backlash from much of political Washington, including from within his Republican Party. Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag, Mr Trump posted on Twitter. “If they do, there must be consequences, perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!”, he added. The reasons for Mr Trump’s tweet were difficult to decipher. He received polite but firm pushback from his allies in Congress, saying burning of the flag is a protected First Amendment right. The US Supreme Court had also previously ruled that burning an American flag was permissible in the name of freedom of expression. In 2012, conservative justice Antonin Scalia explained the importance of differentiating between personal opinions and respect for the law.