President Donald Trump has not been shy about his support for the American flag and how it angers him to see anyone disrespect it.
During his rally Saturday night in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the president argued that it should be against the law to burn the American flag and that anyone caught doing so should go to jail.
Trump told the crowd that Congress should take up legislation — that would also require a Constitutional Amendment — to make burning the American flag a criminal act punishable by one year in prison.
“Two days ago, leftist radicals in Portland, Oregon, ripped down a statue of George Washington and wrapped it in an American flag and set the American flag on fire,” Trump said.
“And you know, we ought to do something, Mr. Senators… we ought to come up with legislation that if you burn the American flag, you go to jail for one year,” Trump said.
“We should have legislation that if somebody wants to burn the American flag and stomp on it, but just burn it, they go to jail for one year,” he continued.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2020
Last year, Trump supported legislation by Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines that would prohibit flag burning by passing a constitutional amendment.
Unsurprisingly, the legislation has not gone anywhere and is just sitting in Congress.
Daines said in a press release:
Daines introduced his constitutional amendment to prohibit the burning of the American flag as America celebrates Flag Day.
“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 in a press release Friday. “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.”
Last year on Flag Day, Daines highlighted his constitutional amendment on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Various Montana veterans organizations support Daines’ amendment, including the American Legion of Montana, as well as the Department of Montana Veterans of Foreign Wars.
The American Legion of Montana said in 2017, “It is long past time that the flag of the United States be protected from desecration, The American Legion of Montana applauds Senator Daines’ effort to protect the flag.”
The Department of Montana Veterans of Foreign Wars also said in 2017, “The U.S. flag should be protected by the U.S. Constitution in the name of all veterans that gave their lives to protect it.”
On June 14, 2018, Daines commemorated national Flag Day by highlighting the Constitutional Amendment to prohibit the burning of the American flag on the floor of the U.S. Senate.
Daines said during his speech last year, “Our flag should be protected in honor of the countless American service members who have paid the ultimate sacrifice to defend it.”
“Our veterans are the best example of why America is the greatest country on earth and why our freedoms and liberties are worth defending,” the Montana conservative continued.
Most Americans would likely agree that it should be against the law to burn the American flag.