During a speech in Cincinnati, Ohio on Thursday night, Donald Trump again said that there should be consequences for burning the American flag, a statement that his supporters were in complete agreement with.
Trump spoke to supporters in Cincinnati at the start of what he is calling his “Thank You Tour,” during which he will pay a visit to key states that helped him win on November 8th. Although Trump had a teleprompter on stage and read from prepared remarks, he went off script quite a bit, as when he asked the audience how they felt about flag burning.
“Do you agree with my stance that if people burn the American flag there should be consequences?” Trump asked the crowd.
Supporters in Cincinnati immediately erupted in applause, also chanting “USA!”
Trump initially floated the idea of punishing those who burn the American flag in a tweet a few days ago. The president-elect said that anyone who burns the flag should be punished with one year in prison and a loss of citizenship.
Trump’s position on burning the American flag isn’t actually that controversial, and his proposal is far from unprecedented. In fact, in 2005, Hillary Clinton sponsored a bill that would punish flag-burners with a $100,000 fine and a year in jail.
The United States Supreme Court has determined that burning the American flag is protected by the first amendment.
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