Trump suggests making burning flags illegal, calls it “desecration”

Protesters burn a flag in front of the CNN Center on May 29 in Atlanta, Georgia. Ilija Nouvelage / Getty Images

President Donald Trump has proposed passing legislation to make flag-burning illegal during his remarks at a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, lamenting demonstrations he has seen across the country.

“Tonight we know that left-wing radicals in Portland, Oregon, tore down a statue of George Washington and wrapped it in an American flag and set fire to the American flag. Democrats! All Democrats! “Trump told supporters gathered in a half-filled arena.

“And you know, we should do something, Mr. Senator, we have two great senators, we have to come up with legislation that if you burn the American flag, you go to jail for a year,” the president added, addressing Oklahoma senators Jim Inhofe and James Lankford. “Jim and James, you know we should do that. You know, they’re talking about free speech, and I believe in free speech. But it’s a desecration.”

Trump sent a call to governors earlier this month that he considered the Supreme Court’s decision to protect the burning of the flag as free speech, calling the act a “disgrace.”

“We have a different court and I think it’s time to reconsider. Because when I see the flags being burned – they wanted to crawl to the flagpole in Washington and try to burn the flags, but we stopped them,” the governor’s president said, according to the sound of the call. which was received by CNN.

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