At The Hill by Mark Hench --
Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) on Tuesday defended the constitutionality of flag burning, saying President-elect Donald Trump would violate freedom of speech if he cracked down on it.
should burn the American flag, but our Constitution secures our right
to do so. No president is allowed to burn the First Amendment," Amash
Trump earlier Tuesday floated severe penalties for flag burning, mentioning loss of citizenship or a year in jail.
should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be
consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!” he
Trump did not specify what inspired his 7 a.m. tweet
about flag burning, which is considered protected speech under U.S. law.
The Supreme Court ruled in Texas v. Johnson in 1989 that burning the
American flag is allowed under the First Amendment.