Trump mulls loss of citizenship, jail for flag burning
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President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP-Trump trade fight boils over with threat to cars Trump: Meetings on potential North Korea summit going 'very well' Freed American 'overwhelmed with gratitude' after being released from Venezuela MORE on Tuesday proposed harsh punishments for flag burning, mentioning loss of citizenship or a year in jail.

“Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag — if they do, there must be consequences — perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!” Trump wrote in an early morning tweet.

 

 

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The catalyst for the president-elect's 7 a.m. tweet is unclear.

Fox News reported earlier this month that Hampshire College in Massachusetts would stop flying all flags on campus after an American flag was burned following Trump’s win.

"We hope this will enable us to instead focus our efforts on addressing racist, misogynistic, Islamophobic, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic and anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and behaviors," Hampshire's president, Jonathan Lash, said in a statement at the time. 

Rep. Sean DuffySean Patrick DuffyMarch for Our Lives to leave empty seats for lawmakers at town halls GOP lawmaker: 'Of course' Dems will impeach Trump if they take control of House Longtime manager of Bon Iver to run for Congress in Wisconsin: report MORE (R-Wis.) pushed back on Trump’s proposal during an early morning interview.

"I don't think we want to make this a legal issue," Duffy told CNN on Tuesday.

Burning the American flag was first ruled to be protected speech under the First Amendment in the 1989 Supreme Court case Texas v. Johnson. 

An NBC News producer noted on Twitter that then-Sen. Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump lashes out at 'rigged' Russia probe in pair of tweets Clapper: 'More and more' of Steele dossier proving to be true Republicans are strongly positioned to win Congress in November MORE (D-N.Y.) introduced a bill in 2005 that would have outlawed burning the American flag.

Early in his presidential campaign, Trump said that he supported revoking the citizenship of babies born to undocumented immigrants, but this appears to be the first time since then that he’s proposed revoking citizenship as a punishment.

This report was updated at 8:26 a.m.