Someone should ask Khizr Khan if he’d still lend Donald Trump his copy of the U.S. Constitution. The president-elect just threatened to jail and strip away the citizenship of anyone who burns the American flag, despite it being protected under the First Amendment!
“Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag,” Donald, 70, tweeted on Nov. 29, hinting that it’s going to be a long four years. “If they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or [a] year in jail!” Or, alternatively, they could be left alone, because the act of flag burning was settled by the Supreme Court in 1989.
In Texas Vs. Johnson, the court ruled (by a 5-4 decision) that the act was a form of political expression protected by the First Amendment, according to the Washington Post. Those five justices were William Brennan Jr., Harry Blackmun, Anthony Kennedy, 80, Thurgood Marshall and Antonin Scalia. Huh.
Donald has said he wants to nominate a Supreme Court justice “in the mold” of the late-Scalia, per Politico. Before his death, Antonin did admit he ruled in favor of protecting the expression, even though he didn’t like it. “If it were up to me, I would put in jail every sandal-wearing, scruffy-bearded weirdo who burns the American flag,” Antonin said in 2015, “but I am not king.” Such a pleasant statement, Antonin.
Politicians (often led by conservatives) have been pushing for a constitutional amendment that would ban the act. The latest attempt came in 2006 where Mitch McConnell, 74, surprisingly joined two other Republicans to vote alongside then-senator Hillary Clinton, 69, in shooting down the measure. Denied!
Also, about the idea of “loss of citizenship,” Donald? Afroyim Vs. Rusk, a 1967 Supreme Court case, ruled that the Constitution does not grant the U.S. government the powers to take Americans’ citizenship away involuntarily. Policies adopted by the United States Department of State have also made it almost impossible to strip a person’s citizenship’s away without their permission.
Seems Donald should take up Khizr Khan’s invitation before he tweets again about jailing people whose opinions he disagrees with. Khizr, the father of the late war hero, Capt. Humayun Khan, spoke directly to Donald at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. “Donald trump, you’re asking Americans to trust you with their future? Let me ask you, have you even read the United States Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy.”
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Do you agree with Donald or do you agree with the Supreme Court’s ruling that flag burning is protected under the First Amendment?