McConnell: Trump’s Wrong About Flag Burning


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday sharply broke from President-elect Donald Trump’s declaration that flag-burners ought to be jailed and have their citizenship revoked.

“The Supreme Court has held that that activity is a protected First Amendment right,” the top Republican senator told reporter. “In this country, we have a long history of protecting unpleasant speech.” McConnell reaffirmed his support for the 1989 Supreme Court decision in Lawrence v. Texas, which ruled flag burning to be protected speech. In the past, he has also voted against a constitutional amendment banning the practice.

“Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!” Trump tweeted earlier Tuesday morning, mere minutes after Fox & Friends—a show on which he frequently appears—aired a segment about Hampshire College students burning the American flag to protest Trump’s election. Read more at THE HILL.



  1. desecrating the American flag was always a “crime” until Obama came to office, so why not put “law & order” back into the constitution?

  2. Just because the SC has ruled doesn’t mean it cannot be undone as has been the case in other things such as Plessy v Ferguson.

    It is not something we should allow. Free speech would not extend to anything that can potentially cause a riot- such as yelling fire in a theater.

    Hopefully Trump will get enough support in the house and floor to make things there way they were before 1989.


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