Donald Trump’s Position on the Flag Tells a Much Bigger Story Than Just Constitutional Ignorance

Another day, another example where our future dictator president proved that his four years in office are going to be an absolute nightmare. Donald Trump is the mixture of a man who’s egotistical enough to be dangerous, but incompetent enough to be absolutely terrifying.

On Tuesday, he proved my point yet again by tweeting out his belief that people who burn the American flag should be put in jail or even lose their citizenship:

First of all, burning the flag — even as reprehensible as I believe it is to do — is a protected right under our First Amendment.

See, that’s part of what makes this country great: Freedom.

I’m someone who consistently believes wholeheartedly in the First Amendment. This flag-burning issue is similar to saying you detest the KKK, white supremacists or the Westboro Baptist Church, yet support their right to exist.

Speaking of the KKK and white nationalists, that brings me to my main point.

Here are things Donald Trump has shown more anger toward over the last couple of weeks than neo-Nazis, the KKK or white nationalists publicly celebrating his win:

  • People booing Mike Pence at a play.
  • Hillary Clinton backing a recount in three states.
  • The New York Times.
  • Saturday Night Live.
  • CNN.
  • Completely made-up claims of millions of illegal votes.
  • People protesting his win.
  • Flag burning.

For most of his campaign, white nationalists, the KKK and even David Duke — all indisputable hate-mongers and racists — have been openly supporting him as our next president. People who publicly and proudly display racism, bigotry, sexism, anti-Semitism, and practically every detestable human characteristic imaginable.

According to Trump’s “logic,” it’s okay to be those people.

Apparently he’s fine with the First Amendment protecting the right for vile bottom-feeders to publicly bash Jews, Muslims, women, African Americans, Mexicans, homosexuals, and basically anyone who isn’t a white nationalist. These people terrorizing everyone with whom they disagree is okay in “Trump’s America.” After all, I’ve never seen him once go on a Twitter tempter tantrum about white supremacy, David Duke or the neo-Nazis staging horrific public displays of support in his honor.

Then again, those are people who heap praise upon him, which he loves because it feeds his enormous ego. Plus he’s damn sure aware of the fact that they’re some of his biggest supporters, which means he’s certainly not going to publicly bash them too much — let alone call for them to be jailed or have their citizenship stripped from them.

Just imagine if Donald Trump came out publicly during his campaign and said he wanted David Duke, the KKK and all white nationalists arrested. Not only would that have caused a massive uprising against him from these lowlifes, but I’m almost certain he never gets elected president without their support.

Why would he? He was largely supported by (and pandered to) some of the worst parts of our society.

To summarize:

  • Burning flags should be punishable by jail and/or a loss of American citizenship.
  • The KKK burning crosses as a symbol of hate against African Americans and pretty much all minorities, perfectly okay.

But, please, tell me more about how Trump’s not racist. We’re now living in a country where our next president seems to think it’s worse to burn a flag than it is to be a neo-Nazi, a member of the KKK or a white nationalist.

We’re headed toward four years where facts, reality nor our actual Constitutional rights apparently matter. There seems to be no low to which Donald Trump will not stoop, no lie he will not tell, and no group of people he will not unconstitutionally attack just as long as he thinks doing so will benefit him and his own agenda.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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