Donald Trump’s anti-flag burning Tweet starts Flag Burning Challenge

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NEW YORK (NEWS10) – Activists are burning the American Flag following Donald Trump’s Tweet stating that people who set the U.S. flag on fire should be punished.

According to Donald Trump’s Tweet, anyone who burns the American Flag should face consequences like losing their citizenship or a year in jail.

Some activists burned the flag at Trump Hotel in New York in protest of his Tweet on Tuesday.

“We burn this flag for the people of the world,” an activist said in the video.

The members were part of the NYC Revolution Club and called for people to burn the flag, the New York Post reported.

Others have also participated in the challenge and posted it on social media using the #FlagBurningChallenge hashtag.

Many users on Twitter called out those participating in the challenge:

In 1989, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that flag burning constitutes “symbolic speech” protected by the First Amendment. The decision stems from Gregory Lee Johnson burning an American flag outside the convention center where the 1984 Republican National Convention in Dallas, Texas. Johnson burned the flag to protest the policies of Ronald Reagan.

Court documents say he was arrested and charged with violating a Texas statute that prohibited the desecration of a venerated object, including the American Flag.

He was convicted and then appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. The ruling only affected Texas state law.

Following the 1989 decision, the federal government enacted a law to prohibit flag burning, with the exception of burning worn out flags.

The Supreme Court struck down the law in 1990 saying it was unconstitutional.

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