Protesters burn a flag outside the CNN Center on May 29, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Trump proposes to burn flag illegally, calls it “desecration”

Protesters burned a flag outside the CNN Center on May 29 in Atlanta, Georgia. Elijah Nouvelage / Getty Images

President Donald Trump has proposed legislation to make flag burning illegal during his remarks at his rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, mourning the protests he has seen across the country.

“Tonight, we know left-wing radicals in Portland, Oregon, demolished a statue of George Washington and wrapped it in an American flag and set fire to the American flag. Democrats! All Democrats! “Trump told his supporters that half of them were full of people.

“And you know, we have to do something, senators, we have two great senators, we have to legislate that if you burn the American flag, you go to jail for a year,” he said, addressing Oklahoma senators Jim Inhofe and James Lankford. “Jim and James, you know we have to do it. You know, they talk about freedom of speech and I believe in freedom of speech. But that is desecration. “

Trump told governors earlier this month that he believed the Supreme Court’s decision to protect the burning of the flag as free speech should be reconsidered, calling it a “shameful” act.

“We have a different court and I think it’s time to reconsider. Because when I see flags burning – they wanted to fly flags in Washington and try to burn flags, but we stopped them,” he said. governors, according to the sound of the call received by CNN.

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