Friday, December 2, 2016
Trump's 'Flag Burning Tweet'
In response to recent protests involving the burning of the American flag, Donald Trump tweeted:
"Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag - if they do, there must be consequences - perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!"
Of course, we all know none of that is going to happen. The U.S. Supreme Court has already ruled that flag burning is symbolic speech and can't be outlawed. On top of that, in a 1967 case, the Supreme Court ruled that citizens of the United States may not be deprived of their citizenship involuntarily. The government can't take away a person's citizenship for burning a flag.
So, why did Trump make this comment?
Rush Limbaugh has his own take on it. Rush believes that, by tweeting this, Trump is simply taunting the media and the assorted Leftists who might be inclined to burn the flag. Rush believes that Trumps wants these protesters to burn more U.S. flags. According to Rush, the more Trump's detractors display their Trump Derangement Syndrome by burning flags, the better it makes Trump look to normal, everyday patriotic Americans.
There may be something to Rush's theory. Rush maintains that Trump's detractors take him "literally, but not seriously". Contrariwise, Rush says that Trump's supporters know to take him "seriously, but not literally". That might be the best way to approach Trump.