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
Trump took to Twitter early Tuesday morning, stating, "Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag - if they do, there must be consequences - perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!"
It was not immediately clear what prompted the tweet.
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The president-elect's tweet is a direct conflict with free speech rights guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution. It came as he prepared to name a secretary of state and transportation secretary.
The Supreme Court ruled in 1989 that flag-burning is "expressive conduct" protected by the First Amendment.
Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., took issue with the tweet on CNN's "New Day" Tuesday. "We want to protect those people who want to protest....I disagree with Mr. Trump on that," Duffy said.
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Duffy is the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee's panel on oversight and investigations.
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