Protesters burned the United States flag outside of Trump International Hotel in New York City Tuesday, following President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMaxine Waters: ‘You can’t trust this president’ Obama shamefully lines pockets with 0K for Wall Street speech Dem senator fears Russian election interference could be ‘normalized’ MORE’s suggestion that flag burners be jailed or lose their citizenship.
According to a report in Reuters, the activists included members of the Revolutionary Communist Party, which the news outlet notes is not part of the Community Party of the United States.
Trump made the suggestion that flag burners face “consequences” Tuesday morning.
“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 on Twitter.
Multiple Congressional Republicans rejected Trump’s suggestion, arguing burning the flag is protected under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.
The Supreme Court ruled that flag burning is protected speech in the 1989 case Texas v. Johnson and reaffirmed it a year later in United States v. Eichman.