Protected by their constitutional freedoms, Reuters reports that a small group of hard-left activists burned foot-long U.S. flags outside the Trump International Hotel in New York on Tuesday, in an angry response to a tweet by President-elect Donald Trump that flag-burners should face legal consequences.
— Sunsara Taylor (@SunsaraTaylor) November 29, 2016
Following Donald Trump's tweet yesterday…
Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2016
Which was supported by Hillary Clinton in the past, protesters burned United States flags in New York.
U.S. media outlets, including the New York Times, published articles detailing the court rulings, and some Republicans as well as Democrats took to social media to say Trump was in effect threatening to punish dissent despite constitutional protections.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1989 that flag-burning was not a crime but rather a form of protest protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution. The high court has also ruled more than once that citizenship cannot be revoked.
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.