Trump: Flag burning should be illegal
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year DOJ appeals ruling preventing it from replacing Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit MORE believes that burning the American flag should be against the law.


“Personally, I don’t think it should be legal,” the Republican presidential front-runner told the Daily Caller in an interview published Thursday.

“Let me ask you a question," he continued. "It didn’t used to be legal, did it? I see more and more burning of the flag.”

The Supreme Court held in the 1989 case Texas v. Johnson that burning the American flag qualifies as protected speech under the First Amendment, invalidating statutes in 48 states that prohibited the practice.

The landmark 5-4 decision was authored by the late Justice William Brennan, a progressive, and joined by conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.