Donald Trump urges 'consequences' for anyone who burns American flag

President-elect Donald Trump gives the thumbs up as he arrives at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016 in Bedminster, N.J. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President-elect Donald Trump said Tuesday that anyone who burns an American flag should face unspecified "consequences," such as jail or a loss of citizenship - a move that was ruled out by the Supreme Court nearly three decades ago.

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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