President Donald Trump just completely stunned the nation. He ordered them all to jail and millions of Americans are wondering what is going to happen next. This is shocking.
“Mr. Senators… we ought to come up with legislation that if you burn the American flag, you go to jail for one year,” Trump said to Sens. James Lankford and Jim Inhofe during his rally in Oklahoma.
During his speech, he noted how “radical leftists in Portland, Oregon, ripped down a statue of George Washington and wrapped it in an American flag and set the American flag on fire.”
Trump’s solution is to criminalize destroying the American flag and it is possible — given the violent riots that have occurred nationwide — such a proposal could regain momentum.
According to Breitbart News, Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) proposed a constitutional amendment last year that would have specifically banned the act, but it has not gone anywhere yet.
The general legal consensus is that a constitutional amendment would be needed to address the issue. Simply passing a law could run afoul of the First Amendment and get overturned in court.
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