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Anyone Who Burns US Flag Should Face 'Consequences', Warns Trump

Press Trust Of India

First published: November 29, 2016, 9:51 PM IST | Updated: November 29, 2016
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Anyone Who Burns US Flag Should Face 'Consequences', Warns Trump
File photo of US President-elect Donald Trump. (REUTERS)

Washington: President-elect Donald Trump said on Tuesday that anyone who burns an American flag should face unspecified "consequences," such as jail or a loss of citizenship, a move that was ruled out by the Supreme Court nearly three decades ago.

Trump took to Twitter early today morning, stating, "Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag, if they do, there must be consequences, perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!"

It was not immediately clear what prompted the tweet.

The president-elect's tweet is a direct conflict with free speech rights guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution.

It came as he prepared to name a secretary of state and transportation secretary.

The Supreme Court ruled in 1989 that flag-burning is "expressive conduct" protected by the First Amendment.

Rep Sean Duffy, R-Wis., took issue with the tweet. "We want to protect those people who want to protest....I disagree with Mr Trump on that," Duffy said today on CNN's "New Day".

Duffy is the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee's panel on oversight and investigations.

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