Trump Supports Bill to Ban Flag-Burning: 'A No Brainer'
Proposal by Republicans banning burning of the American flag is backed by the president
President Donald Trump has thrown in his support of a bill being reintroduced by Republicans calling for a ban on burning the American flag, describing his decision as "a no brainer."
The proposal, sponsored by GOP members in the House and the Senate, aims to outlaw flag-burning in the United States.
“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 Saturday Twitter message.
All in for Senator Steve Daines as he proposes an Amendment for a strong BAN on burning our American Flag. A no brainer!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2019
It calls for the U.S. Constitution to be amended so Congress would have “constitutional authority to ban the desecration of the United States flag.”
“The American Flag is a symbol of freedom – and it should always be protected,” Daines wrote Friday.
Today, #FlagDay, I introduced a Constitutional amendment w/ @SenKevinCramer to ban the desecration of the American Flag.— Steve Daines (@SteveDaines) June 14, 2019
The American Flag is a symbol of freedom - and it should always be protected. 🇺🇸
Added Cramer: “A flag worth dying for is a flag worth protecting.”
Joined @SteveDaines on #FlagDay in introducing a Constitutional amendment to prohibit the desecration of the United States flag.— Sen. Kevin Cramer (@SenKevinCramer) June 14, 2019
A flag worth dying for is a flag worth protecting. 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/4NjedOSjDK
“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.”
Adding a Constitutional amendment to protect this symbol of freedom and liberty is not an attack on another Constitutional amendment; rather, it is an affirmation of the unifying principles our nation stands for. #FlagDay2019— Sen. Kevin Cramer (@SenKevinCramer) June 14, 2019
The amendment would be necessary because the Supreme Court has ruled in the past that flag-burning is a form of free speech protected by the First Amendment.
The new proposal was reintroduced Friday, which was Flag Day – and coincidentally President Trump’s 73rd birthday.
Critics on social media were quick to attack the proposal. Here are some samples:
America is not a flag. Burning one is free speach. Banning it would be an infringement of free speach. We settled this a long time ago with a supreme court case. We dont have to take an oath either. Flipping the bird, saying fuck, it is all free speach.— Tim W (@SDCA010) June 16, 2019
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— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) June 15, 2019
Is there an outbreak of flag burning I’m just not aware of? https://t.co/H6q2xRGg67— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) June 15, 2019
People like Senator Steve Daines and Donald Trump love to play demagogue and are eager to “virtue signal” their patriotism by banning flag burning. In reality, they’re the ones burning the whole spirit of the flag by suppressing freedom of speech and promoting state censorship.— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) June 15, 2019
According to the Washington Times, 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.