Trump Suggests 'Loss of Citizenship or Year in Jail' for Burning American Flag

By Staff | November 29, 2016 | 9:24am EST
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( - Shortly before 7 a.m. on Tuesday, President-elect Donald 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 only flag story in the news recently is the decision by Hampshire College in Massachusetts to stop flying the American flag after students allegedly burned a flag to protest Donald Trump's election victory.

The Supreme Court ruled in 1969 that flag-burning is protected by the First Amendment.

The Trump tweet proved once again the president-elect's ability to direct the content of cable news.

MSNBC's "Morning Joe" and CNN's "New Day," for example, talked less about Mitt Romney as a possible secretary of state -- and infighting in the Trump campaign, focusing more on flag-burning and the First Amendment.

Asked about the Trump tweet on "Morning Joe," Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said people don't burn flags where he comes from even though "we have a First Amendment right." "We'll protect our First Amendment," he added.

Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) told CNN's "New Day," "I think the court is probably right that we want to protect those people who want to protest....I'll disagree with Mr. Trump on that, and the court's probably right."

Trump on Tuesday was meeting for a second time with 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who is said to be under consideration for the secretary of state job. Trump also was meeting Tuesday with Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, another possible choice for the top diplomatic post. Trump met Monday with retired Gen. David Petraeus.

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