President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday said there must be “consequences” for burning the American flag, suggesting jail time or the loss of citizenship as possibilities.
“Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!” Mr. Trump tweeted Tuesday.
Some people protesting Mr. Trump’s election earlier this month reportedly burned the American flag at public events.
The U.S. Supreme Court has recognized flag burning as a constitutionally protected form of free speech.
“Flag burning should be illegal — end of story,” Jason Miller, a spokesman for the Trump transition team, said on CNN Tuesday.
“I think most Americans would agree with me that flag burning should be illegal,” Mr. Miller said. “It’s completely despicable.”