Trump hits re­sis­tance in call to jail flag-burn­ers

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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.


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