Donald Trump warns of ‘consequences’ for American flag burners

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Donald Trump says that anyone who burns an American flag should face unspecified “consequences”, such as jail or a loss of citizenship.

The president-elect’s tweet is a direct conflict with free speech rights guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution.

Mr Trump 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!”

The Supreme Court ruled in 1989 that flag-burning is protected by the First Amendment.

Wisconsin congressman Sean Duffy suggested on CNN’s New Day that Mr Trump’s tweet was wrong.

He said, “We want to protect those people who want to protest….I disagree with Mr Trump on that.”

Mr Duffy is the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee’s panel on oversight and investigations.

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