The Hill reports:
President Trump late Tuesday called for Congress to take action against “lowlifes” who burn the American flag, seeking to put fresh pressure on lawmakers to pursue potential legislation.
Trump has urged repercussions for flag burning on numerous occasions in the past, including shortly after winning election in 2016. At the time, Trump proposed a year in jail or loss of citizenship as a punishment for burning a flag.
A decades-old Supreme Court ruling found that burning a flag is a protected form of free speech under the First Amendment, but Trump has continued to float the possibility of punishing those who burn the symbol.
It is ashame that Congress doesn’t do something about the lowlifes that burn the American Flag. It should be stopped, and now!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 24, 2020
It is “ashame” that the President of the United States doesn’t respect the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Using the force of the law to stop people from burning the American flag as a form of political speech is a far bigger insult to the flag than burning it.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) June 24, 2020
If you imagine this as your old, racist Grandpa muttering to himself, it kinda makes it easier.
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) June 24, 2020