This should have been done DECADES ago…
President Donald Trump got on Twitter, his favorite platform, and said he is “all in” on banning the burning of the American flag.
“All in for Senator Steve Daines as he proposes an Amendment for a strong BAN on burning our American Flag. A no brainer!” he said.
All in for Senator Steve Daines as he proposes an Amendment for a strong BAN on burning our American Flag. A no brainer!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2019
The Amendment was introduced by Montana Sen. Steve Daines and was co-sponsored by North Dakota Sen. Kevin Cramer, The Daily Mail reported.
‘Our United States flag is a timeless symbol of liberty that tells the story of America, the story of our enduring pursuit of freedom,’ Daines said.
‘Remembering the sacrifices of all who carried its colors into battle, our nation should always render the flag the honor and dignity it is due.’
This is the third time in the last three years that Daines has introduced proposed legislation seeking to give Congress the authority to ban the burning of the Stars and Stripes.
But the Supreme Court has already ruled that the burning of the flag is protected under the First Amendment.
Forty-eight states passed laws against flag burning, but those laws were ruled unconstitutional in 1989 following the Supreme Court decision in the Texas v. Johnson case.
‘Johnson’ refers to Gregory Johnson, who was arrested by authorities in Texas after he burned the flag outside the Republican National Convention in Dallas in 1984.
Earlier this week, the city of Cleveland agreed to pay the 63-year-old Johnson $225,000 after he was arrested for burning the American flag outside the Republican Convention in Cleveland in 2016, according to The New York Times.
Src: The Federalist Papers