Trump “All In” for supporting an Amendment for a ban on burning the American Flag Proposed By Sen. Steve Daines
“An Amendment for a strong BAN on burning our American flag, a no brainer,” said Trump in a tweet on Saturday.
Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark.) proposed a constitutional amendment that will give Congress the power to ban the burning of the U.S. flag.
“Our flag is more than a cloth painted red, white and blue,” said Womack. “It is a symbol of worldwide freedom, unity and liberty.”
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that burning the U.S. flag was a protected form under the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment in 1989 in the Texas v. Johnson case.
“Our United States flag is a timeless symbol of liberty that tells the story of America, the story of our enduring pursuit of freedom,” said Daines. “Remembering the sacrifices of all who carried its colors into battle, our nation should always render the flag the honor and dignity it is due.”
The Amendment states that “the Congress shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States.”
Some Americans are split on the controversial issue if burning the U.S. flag is a form of protected speech.
“If I were President, the punishment for burning the U.S. flag would be the renunciation of citizenship,” said conservative commentator Candace Owens.
“This whole ‘burning the American flag should be illegal’ is something that sounds patriotic but is actually the opposite,” said conservative commentator Allie Beth Stuckey.
“Trump is wrong in this one and so is Candace, flag burning is protected speech,” said independent journalist Tim Pool.