Antonin Scalia

Trump declares 'consequences' for flag burners, despite court protections

Trump declares 'consequences' for flag burners, despite court protections

President-elect Donald Trump said Tuesday that anyone who burns an American flag should face unspecified "consequences," such as jail or a loss of citizenship. But the Supreme Court has held that flag-burning is a form of speech protected by the First Amendment, and the Constitution forbids the government removal of citizenship for a natural-born American.

Top congressional Republicans quickly distanced themselves from Trump's views.

Trump's words, expressed on Twitter early Tuesday morning, put him at odds with the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who was in the majority in the 1989 decision that protected flag burning. Trump has called Scalia, who died in February, a...

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