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Trump tweeted that flag burners should face 'consequences' like losing citizenship

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Already hammered for baseless allegations of voter fraud, President-elect Donald Trump went on a Twitter rant criticizing CNN and pivoting to a tweet condemning protesters who burn the American flag.

At the time CNN noticed the tweet, a panel discussion was criticizing Trump's penchant for tweeting dubious claims, particularly involving voter fraud.

It is legal to burn a U.S. flag, according to The Law Dictionary. However, flag burners can be charged with starting a fire without a permit.

Trump said flag burners should lose their citizenship or spend jail time.

Currently, the only situations under which someone's U.S. citizenship can be revoked are, according to the State Department:

  • Gaining citizenship in or pledging allegiance to another nation
  • Serving in armies at war with the United States
  • Working with a foreign government
  • Committing an act of treason
  • Formally renouncing one's own citizenship

Clinton's take on flag burning

In 2005, then-Sen. Hillary Clinton co-sponsored the Flag Protection Act of 2005, which would have made burning the flag a crime punishable by a year in prison and a $100,000 fine. The bill was never considered by Congress.

Clinton and her co-sponsor, Robert Bennett, R-Utah, later voted against a proposed 2006 Constitutional amendment that would prohibit damaging the flag. It fell one vote short of the necessary two-thirds majority, according to The Washington Post.

Should burning or otherwise damaging the American flag be legal?

Trump's flag-burning tweet came after a pair of anti-CNN Trump tweets.

Trump has long suggested CNN was part of a conspiracy to elect Clinton.

Previously, Trump quoted supporters who implied massive voter fraud had taken place.

These tweets did not cite any evidence.

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