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PoliticsTrump throws support behind 'no brainer' measure to ban burning of American flag

21:25  15 june  2019
21:25  15 june  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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President Trump threw his support behind a new effort to ban burning the American flag on Saturday, challenging a decades-old Supreme Court ruling that established All in for Senator Steve Daines as he proposes an Amendment for a strong BAN on burning our American Flag . A no brainer !

President Trump threw his support behind a new effort to ban burning the American flag on Saturday, challenging a decades-old Supreme Court ruling that “All in for Senator Steve Daines as he proposes an Amendment for a strong BAN on burning our American Flag . A no brainer !”

Trump throws support behind 'no brainer' measure to ban burning of American flag© Getty Trump throws support behind 'no brainer' measure to ban burning of American flag

President Trump threw his support behind a new effort to ban burning the American flag on Saturday, challenging a decades-old Supreme Court ruling that established flag burning was a protected form of speech.

"All in for Senator Steve Daines as he proposes an Amendment for a strong BAN on burning our American Flag. A no brainer!" Trump tweeted Saturday morning.

Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark.) reintroduced companion legislation in the Senate and House on Friday, which was Flag Day, to restore "Congress's constitutional authority to ban the desecration of the United States flag."

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President Trump is “all in” for a constitutional amendment banning desecration of the American flag , he said in an early-morning tweet Saturday, backing an effort by two “All in for Senator Steve Daines as he proposes an Amendment for a strong BAN on burning our American Flag . A no brainer !”

Forty-eight states previously had laws against flag burning until the 1989 Texas v. Johnson Supreme Court decision ruled that the act was protected under the First Amendment's freedom of speech clause.

Trump has frequently cited the flag as a symbol of national pride, at times even embracing flags at rallies once he appears on stage.

He suggested after his election in 2016 that people who burn flags should have their citizenship revoked or serve jail time.

"Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag - if they do, there must be consequences - perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!" he tweeted.

Politicians and previous residential candidates from both parties have backed proposals to outlaw some forms of flag burning.

According to The New York Times, the Supreme Court is unlikely to reconsider the issue of flag burning anytime soon. Right-leaning Chief Justice John Roberts and conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh have suggested that they support the court's 1989 decision on the matter.

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