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National Review Editor: Trump Wrong on Flag Burning

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A demonstrator burns an American flag during a protest in Philadelphia, July 26, 2016, during the second day of the Democratic National Convention. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

By    |   Tuesday, 29 November 2016 12:02 PM

The editor of a conservative news outlet pushed back on President-elect Donald Trump's idea to jail people for burning the American flag, calling it "tyrannical."

Charles C. W. Cooke wrote in an opinion piece on National Review Online that he is staunchly opposed to the idea that the real estate mogul floated on Twitter Tuesday morning.

"This is a terrible, terrible idea. Putting people in prison for speaking is tyrannical in almost every case," Cooke wrote. "And stripping them of their citizenship is so far off the charts that I'm not really sure where to begin (it's also unconstitutional: see Trop v. Dulles)."

Trump said this early Tuesday:

 

 

Trump was likely referring to the flag burning that occurred at Hampshire College after his win in the presidential election. The school has since removed all flags from its Amherst, Mass. campus, which veterans protested Sunday night

Despite all that, Cooke doesn't think Trump would be smart to continue pushing this idea. He even thinks that Trump may even forget about it by the time he eats lunch Tuesday.

"As a political question, this ain't tax reform," Cooke wrote, referencing the many failed attempts to make desecrating the American flag illegal. "Which is to say that while I am as appalled by Trump's suggestion as anybody, I can see the trap looming large on the horizon.

"It is possible that Trump will never return to this matter — that this was an early morning tweet that he'll have forgotten by lunchtime. But it is also possible that he means it. And if he does, those who believe that he is disastrously wrong will have to do better than say, 'but nobody I know is in favor of that.'"

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday morning he doesn't understand why anyone would want to burn the American flag despite the fact that the Constitution gives us the right to do so.

"In my neck of the woods, people don't burn their flags. They actually honor their flags," McCarthy said.

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