Trump flag-burning tweet leads activists to burn some flags in New York

By REUTERS
November 30, 2016 04:04

A small group of hard-left activists burned foot-long US flags outside the Trump International Hotel in New York on Tuesday, in an angry response to a tweet by President-elect Donald Trump that flag-burners should face legal consequences.

Social media was itself ablaze on Tuesday in response to Trump's tweet, which suggested that burning the US flag should be punishable by a year in jail or a revocation of citizenship.



Trump's provocative tweets on flag-burning and other topics, including efforts to recount the Nov. 8 presidential vote, came as the Republican worked to fill his Cabinet in advance of his inauguration in January.



The US Supreme Court ruled in 1989 that flag-burning was not a crime but rather a form of protest protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution. The high court has also ruled more than once that citizenship cannot be revoked.


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