Trump Threatens Flag-Burning Americans With Loss Of Citizenship Or Jail

Tyler Durden's picture

With snowflakes everywhere across America seemingly content to burn the Stars & Stripes to protest democracy's decision to elect what they have been told is a racist, homophobic, anti-semitic, sexist, tax-fraud as president...

... President-elect Donald Trump has put his foot down in this seemingly most unpatriotic of endeavors:

Of course, there is the small issue of changing the Constitution as flag burning remains protected speech by the First Amendment.

The catalyst for Trump's 7 a.m. tweet is unclear. Fox News reported earlier this month that Hampshire College in Massachusetts would stop flying all flags on campus after an American flag was burned following Trump’s win.

"We hope this will enable us to instead focus our efforts on addressing racist, misogynistic, Islamophobic, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic and anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and behaviors," Hampshire's president, Jonathan Lash, said in a statement at the time. 

Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) pushed back on Trump’s proposal during an early morning interview. "I don't think we want to make this a legal issue," Duffy told CNN on Tuesday.

And before the liberal media gets hold of this tweet and claims Trump's fascist tyranny is peaking through against constitutionally protected rights to do whatever a citizen wants, don't forget that none other than the Hillary Clinton herself sponsored exactly this punishment in The Flag Protection Act of 2005

The Flag Protection Act of 2005 was a proposed United States federal law introduced by Senators Hillary Clinton and Robert Bennett. The law would have outlawed flag burning, and called for a punishment of one year in jail and a fine of $100,000. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, the act was summarized as such:

Amends the federal criminal code to revise provisions regarding desecration of the flag to prohibit: (1) destroying or damaging a U.S. flag with the primary purpose and intent to incite or produce imminent violence or a breach of the peace; or (2) stealing or knowingly converting the use of a U.S. flag either belonging to the United States or on lands reserved for the United States and intentionally destroying or damaging that flag.

Early in his presidential campaign, Trump said that he supported revoking the citizenship of babies born to undocumented immigrants, but this appears to be the first time since then that he’s proposed revoking citizenship as a punishment.

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wisehiney's picture

Give em hell Trump!

Fukushima Sam's picture

I'll burn American flags for Trump.

hedgeless_horseman's picture


That escalated quickly.

Per Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler, the defense of our homes and the Bill of Rights, including the First Amendment, are the only things worth fighting for

VinceFostersGhost's picture



Naaaaa......funny though!!!


They almost always end up burning's kinda fun to watch.

Whoa Dammit's picture

Trump won't go after the Clintons but has declared open season on flag burners.

nuubee's picture

Lucky for trump, most of the people burning the flag are Mexicans.

tmosley's picture

The title of this story is incorrect. It should read: Trump Baits Liberals into Burning Flags Everywhere, Giving Them Terrible Optics And Causing Them to Lose Yet More Ground in the Culture Wars

TeamDepends's picture

Didn't think of that! God, hope you are right and we have eight years of him driving proglodytes ever moar loony toons.

froze25's picture

I don't agree with this for citizens, but for an illegal or legal guest. Immediate deportation after found guilty of it. @TMosley I think you are right.

bamawatson's picture

hillary was drink & high
she thought it was FAG protection act

jefferson32's picture

If all you need to do to lose your US citizenship is to burn a flag expect millions to do it. A US passport is a burden for all who live abroad and don't want to sponsor drones & war. To forgo their citizenship Americans have to pay an "exit tax" and be sure to be audited by the IRS. The US is the only country in the world (together with some banana republic somewhere I forget) to tax its citizens living/earning abroad.

If Trump does this it would be a get-out-of-jail-free card. So he won't do it for that exact reason.

SafelyGraze's picture

the same protection should be afforded to all flags.

all flags of all nations.

and all logos of all sports franchises.

and all decals and emblems.

because: sacred. heritage. protection. liberty.


The Juggernaut's picture

Wouldn’t it be crazy if Trump was actually supported by the bankers because he would bring about Hitler like obedience/loyalty?

beemasters's picture

For God's sake, Trump, it's only a flag!!! There are more important things than a piece of cloth and here you are giving a symbol more value than a person's life??? Say you'll jail Hillary already. She's the biggest symbol of corruption. Go after Soros too while you are at it. I dare you!

jeff montanye's picture

you got that right.  i only hope this is obfuscation until he is president.  this is settled law and protected speech.  we do not need more bossy government, we need less.

the shitty governments we have had, certainly under bush and obama, have used and abused the flag as a symbol of their aggression and murder.  that flag deserves burning.

rather than waste time on unconstitutional enfringements of individual liberty, when he becomes president trump, he should work on making the u.s. government something people don't want to burn down.

PT's picture

What about if the flag is really old and worn out and, face it, isn't even good for washing the car and needs to be thrown in the bin?  Can we burn it then? 
And don't you already have laws against starting fires in public or something?
Were the flags stolen or legally obtained?  I mean, I wouldn't like to rob a patriotic flag manufacturer / retailer of a well-deserved income.  Here, burn as many as you like, would you like a fire extinguisher with that?

But seriously, what are these flag burners actually trying to say?
"I hate my own people because the wrong crook is in power"?  (Even though he hasn't even had a chance to make even one decision yet so how could you possibly know what he is really like?)
"I hate living in a country that values my right to burn flags"?
Perhaps the burning of the flag really does imply deportation is the solution - and send them the bill.  I mean, if they truly, sincerely hate the US so much that they are willing to burn the flag then they should be willing to go.  "You don't like it here?  Burning flags is cheap.  Prove it."

Perhaps the flag burners would be better off being a little more concise with the message they are trying to convey.

Kobe Beef's picture

"I'm burning this flag because Goldman Sachs lost!"

-liberal making a statement



techpriest's picture

Burning is the proper form of retirement. Learned that in the Boy Scouts.

There is a difference between retiring by fire and burning in anger.

Like tmosley said, if this is Trump baiting his enemies into looking like fools, then pass the popcorn.

The Grim Teacher's picture


The US is the only country in the world (together with some banana republic somewhere I forget) to tax its citizens living/earning abroad. 

I believe that other banana republic you're referring to is The Nederlands..... and people don't believe me when I tell that that in the eyes of government the people are seen as property. I think this serves to illustrate that point. You get extorted by your overlords as long as you agree to remain their property, i.e. retaining US citizenship.
fockewulf190's picture

Only other one I know of is Eritria.  Hopefully Trump destroys this BS FATCA law pronto.

Vageling's picture

You mean banana kingdom. The Netherlands stopped being a republic centuries ago. And yes... Your nothing then an number to tax the fuck out of. They allow you to "use" your given name though. Accept they don't respect it. The number... Pay serf! They were considerate enough to call it a "civil service number"... You know to soften the fact your nothing but an 9 digit number to them.

The Grim Teacher's picture

Ah yes banana kingdom, right you are. 

As for the name, technically its their name, your parents gave them the right to turn it into a legal fiction or legal personality when they put it on a birth certificate, so they allow you to use what is in a technical and correct sense their name. In fact they are counting on it. However one can separate oneself from the legal name at any time, as names are property in law (ever owned a business, its all about the name) and if you don't own one, which you don't, then you're not responsible for it, and none can compel you to accept the name. However this means they can revoke your entitlement to use it, which means no passport and if you're fond of traveling and don't know how to sail, it could be a bit of a hindrance.


Have fun at passport control next time when asked by an immigration official if its your passport. Respond with a No, as it always remains the property of the issuer, generally the minister for foreign affairs of the issuing country, and on many passports it explicitly states this on the terms and conditions. A passport is never your property, you're only the holder, the name belongs to them and when one attaches oneself to the name then one attaches oneself to the state.....

chunga's picture

There is probably some fine print to do with civil forfeiture along with tRumps proposal here. If you get stripped of citizenship for flag burning Uncle Skam takes your shit...for...patriotism, or something. This is so dumb.

Jubal Early's picture

Today it costs a US expat $2400 to drop his/her/its citizenship.  There is also an exit tax due to the deemed sale of all that you own at the time of your expatriation.  This would include all capital gains on all foreign property denominated in dollars.

My guess is that if Trump follows through on this threat to withdraw citizenship, thousands upon thousands of expats will suddenly appear on youtube burning the american flag.  priceless. 

I am a Man I am Forty's picture

Then you are trapped and you can't leave without a passport, legally anyway.  Something tells me the IRS is still going to come after you from a tax standpoint, and I am sure Trump doesn't mean all taxes are forgiven, mainly exit and death taxes.  What he is saying is completely fucked up.  He shouldn't be saying stuff like this.  It makes me think he is a fucking moron.  You are protected under the bill of rights, amendment 1, to burn your own flag, period.



disc_golfer's picture

sounds good, except for the prison time part. 

FGH's picture

Legal issues aside, one thing I am sure of is that Trump has been masterful in his use of Twitter.


Jack's Raging Bile Duct's picture

Cultist. If this had come from a Leftist like Obama you'd be crying foul. Oh wait, it is coming from a Leftist. How do you reconcile?

auricle's picture

Correct, the 1st ammendment applies only to citizens. All others are guests and should act accordingly.


Jack's Raging Bile Duct's picture

Incorrect. The US Constitution and Bill of Rights state the explicit powers of the US Feds. It is a document which applies specifically to the government it creates. Nowhere does it makes distinctions on who or where these rules are applicable to.

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

~"Didn't think of that! God, hope you are right and we have eight years of him driving proglodytes ever moar loony toons."~

I guess it won't do any good to point out that burning is the only appropriate way of disposing of an American flag.

Nah..., didn't think so.

thinkmoretalkless's picture

Exactly. Early in the election cycle I didn't get Trump's MO, now it is just fun.

Stuck on Zero's picture

Trump is only trying to protect the delicate little wall flowers who love their country and feel that the site of a burning flag is a horrible micro-aggression.

Kobe Beef's picture

Trump is an Ohio-Class Troll. 

The bedwetters will take the bait.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) tmosley Nov 29, 2016 12:00 PM

Burning the flag is a revolutionary act. You shouldn't do it unless you are prepared to go to war.

All these so called "rights" end up with nobody having any rights in the end.

I don't disagree with the jail, but you can't strip Americans of their citizenship they have no place to go.

lucitanian's picture

I couldn't agree more. This and other manifestations to date are like archaic theatrics, when (if ever) will President elect Trump get serious and start looking at the realities at home and abroad that are at the root of the divide and stop pandering to the superficial manifestations of the social chasms  which are only the outward symptom. Hell, he's won the election, why continue to pander to crass populism, reversing agreements and dictating internal politics in Cuba? It's high time to get "Presidential".

If what the flag once represented is going to have any relevance in the worlds future, he better stop wasting breath on these symbolic sound bites and start dealing with root of the rot.

And no, I don't see your country as divided into simplistic camps of liberals and conservatives, the problems go much deeper. It may well turn out to be a perfect storm, economic, financial, social, political, cultural, or the country can try to unite behind a leader to identify and face the real problems and deal with the surgical reforms needed to remove the many cancers that are now metastasizing, and killing it. There's not much time left before the effluent hits the fan and pandering to the less enlightened masses pretending to protect and sanctify a crumbling nationals symbols while ignoring the causes, won't butter any parsnips....

Rey dTutto's picture

The presstitutes need to attack Trump per standing orders. 

Trump has crafted several tweets and YouTwitFace videos that ride the line of controversy, egging on the SJW freakouts.

I'm against flag burning, but I'm also against anti-flag burning laws. If I disagree with you, I'm still fairly likely to defend your right to be wrong, so long as y'all keep from harming others.

I may hate you and your message, and I'll argue the matter with you, but I will defend your right to be an idiot in public. Most of the time, other than a critique or a bit of sarcasm, baiting the SJW's into incoherence is fun, if not profitable. Weaksauce "logic", logical fallacies, and lies are fun to dispute.

American Psycho's picture

Trump's people need to take away his twitter account. 

tmosley's picture

How would he make his big first offers, or do A-B testing then?

balolalo's picture


was that the big announcement?!?!?

Sieg heil!!!

what a loser.    trumpkins, and this is just the beginning of the shit show. 

and TYLERS stop bringing in Hillary every time to try to take some the stink off of TRUMP.  He is in.  She isn't.  It makes you look desperate and hurts your brand.  

Neither of them give a fuck about anyone else but the oligarchs and the powers that be.   Their difference only lies in which oligarchs and tactics. 

the swamp gets deeper and he is trying to take the 1st amendment with him.   Is that how you make America Great Again?  

Is this winning?

Sieg Heil!


TheMeatTrapper's picture

He's just a sad litle loser. He's one of those that loves to stand on the sidelines and throw rocks at the efforts of others, yet refuses to ever do or say anything himself because that would put himself out for scrutiny. The internet is full of holier than thou, self appointed supoeriors that accomplish nothing in life.

Vageling's picture

Forget him. He needs a diaper change. Mommy is just too busy. The shit is comming out of his mouth now. 

Got The Wrong No's picture

This site is getting overrun with Paid Left Wing Trolls. The war on Alt Media is in full swing. Take your Jack Boots and shove them up your Ass and tell Soros to go Fuck himself. 

TeamDepends's picture

It's just a tweet, champ. How 'bout you wait until he is in the White House before passing judgement? It will be interesting to see how many useless idiots burn flags today. Perhaps he was goading you fools into acting foolishly in public in broad daylight. Maybe he wants to reveal the anti-American closet communists so that when they crash the economy on him, WE WILL KNOW WHO YOU ARE.