President Trump backs bill to make burning American flag illegal


It was a fitting piece of legislation to propose on Flag Day, not to mention somewhat of a birthday gift for President Trump.

On Friday, Republicans reintroduced a proposal calling for a ban on burning the American flag.  It was immediately endorsed by President Trump.

“All in for Senator Steve Daines as he proposes an Amendment for a strong BAN on burning our American Flag. A no brainer!,” the president wrote in a Twitter message Saturday.

The legislation being sponsored in the Senate by Sens. Steve Daines of Montana and Kevin Cramer of North Dakota and in the House by Rep. Steve Womack of Arkansas.

It calls for the U.S. Constitution to be amended in a way that would give Congress “constitutional authority to ban the desecration of the United States flag.”

Kramer goes on:

“Adding a Constitutional amendment to protect this symbol of freedom and liberty is not an attack on another Constitutional amendment,” he continued, “rather, it is an affirmation of the unifying principles our nation stands for.”

The amendment is the only way to go about banning flag burning.  That’s because the Supreme Court has ruled in the past that flag-burning is a form of free speech protected by the First Amendment.

Critics on social media were quick to attack the proposal.

“I love the “Red, White ,and Blue” and am a patriot.  But I disagree with Trump’s demand that flag burning be criminalized in all settings,” wrote one person.

Another wrote:

“Please not this stupidity again. the supreme court has ruled that flag burning is constitutionally-protected speech. any such legislation would be unconstitutional. that a loudmouth internet nobody like me has to explain this to the president of the united states boggles the mind”

Some wondered what sparked the debate again.

“Is there an outbreak of flag burning I’m just not aware of?”

Some say an amendment like this would be an insult to the country and what we stand for.

“Because I respect the flag and all those who sacrificed so much for it, I would never even think for a moment to desecrate everything it stands for by supporting a dictatorial Constitutional Amendment to outlaw burning the American flag. That’s an insult to freedom and democracy.”

Here’s how the process works.

Amendments can be added to the Constitution if two-thirds of both the House and Senate agree on a proposal and then three-fourths of the states ratify it, or if two-thirds of state legislatures call a convention to propose changes to the Constitution, and then three-fourths of the states ratify the change.


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