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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  • Carolyn Webb

    The flag used to be considered a symbol of the leader of the FREE WORLD but ever since it was hijacked in 2001 by the whole GOP (especially Bush, Cheney and Karl Rove and the religious right wing fanatics who wrapped themselves in the Flag and their crosses for the purpose of maliciously DEMONIZING women who want control over their own bodies) for the purpose of dragging the USA into an unjust war with IRAQ based on lies about weapons of mass destruction the flag is now a symbol of:

    1. Oil wars for corporate greed

    2. Religious “Christian” fanatics abusing women who choose to end
    An unaffordable pregnancy or a pregnancy that will result in a
    Severely handicapped child who cannot have good quality life.

    3. Making it difficult even for women to get birth control pills because
    Fundamentalist cruel Medieval style “Christianity” sponsored by
    Republicans is meant to destroy women’s freedom

    4. Destruction of good quality public school education.

    5. Demonization and mistreatment of people who are either
    Athiests, non white and not “Christian”

    6. Allowing vicious homicidal gun nut white “Christians” the right
    To buy as many guns and bullets as they like to kill innocent
    People with their bullets in the name of GOD and exercising
    Their “Second Amendment” RIGHTS!

    Never mind the rights of their victims!

    Yet these same GUN NUTS who want to kill innocent
    People with their guns and bullets are the same
    Who love to DEMONIZED a woman who ends an
    Unaffordable pregnancy by calling her a BABY KILLER!

    The flag now stands for everything WRONG! Thanks to what the extreme right wing has done to this country and done to the flag by hijacking it in 2001, the American flag is now NO BETTER THAN HITLER’S FLAG!

    It’s best NOT TO HAVE THE FLAG AT ALL anymore!


    I know it’s possible to strip naturalized citizens of their citizenship in the case of fraud, but is it even possible to strip a native born citizen of their citizenship? In any event it is, invariably, the people who make the most noise about their ‘conservatism’ who are the most willing to play fast and loose with the constitution. Der Trumpenfuhrer’s childish outburst is a case in point.

    • Carolyn Webb

      Trump does not belong in this country. Trump and the whole Post Reagan Republican Party belong in NAZI GERMANY