Video: Everyone has the right to burn a flag, Constitutional scholar says
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Video: Everyone has the right to burn a flag, Constitutional scholar says

August 25, 2019


OF THE TOP C.E.O.s AND BUSINESS LEADERS.>>Steve: IT STARTED WITH A TWEET. NOBODY SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO BURN THE AMERICAN FLAG. IF THEY DO THERE MUST BE CONSEQUENCES, PERHAPS LOSS OF CITIZENSHIP OR A YEAR IN JAI THOSE WORDS FROM PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP SPARKED OUTRAGE ACROSS THE NATION IN WHAT IS NOW CALLED THE FLAG BURNING CHALLENGE TO UNDERSCORE FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS. WE TALKED TO A LEGAL EXPERT.>>THE FLAG BURNING CHALLENGE IS SWEEPING THE COUNTRY. FOR SOME THE EXPRESSION STANDS FOR SLAVERY, OPPRESSION, GENOCIDE. FOR OTHERS THE CHALLENGE IS TO SHOW THEIR RIGHT IS PROTECTED UNDER THE CONSTITUTION. HE IS A WAR VETERAN. HIS YEARS OF SERVICE PLACED HIM ON THE BATTLEFIELD FIGHTING FOR FREEDOMS.>>I’M SO THANKFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND IF I COULD DO IT AGAIN I WOULD DO IT AGAIN.>>Reporter: THE 28-YEAR-OLD SAID THE WORK HE AND HIS COMRADES DID PROTECT EVERYONE’S RIGHTS TO BURN THE FLAG, THOUGH HE DOESN’T AGREE WITH IT.>>I WOULDN’T WANT TO SEE SOMEBODY GOING TO JAIL FOR A RIGHT WE GAVE THEM. BUT IT IS SAD.>>Reporte AN ATTORNEY SAYS TRUMP’S TWEET DOESN’T NECESSARILY PUT FREEDOMS UNDER THE FIRST AMENDMENT AT RISK, IT’S ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HOW UNTOUCH HE IS WITH HIS BASE.>>PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP HAS BEEN MASTERFUL IN BEING ABLE TO TAP PEOPLE’S FEELINGS.>>Reporter: BOTH THE U.S. SUPREME COURT AND COURTS IN TEXA HAVE UPHELD FLAG BURNING AS FREE SPEECH UNDER THE FIRST AMENDMENT.>>OBVIOUSLY THE CONSTITUTION’S REFLECTION OF DEMOCRACY’S VALUES BUT IT’S FOCUSED ON THE RIGHTS OF THE INDIVIDUAL.>>Reporter: THAT’S WH THE BACKLASH.>>Steve: RIGHT NOW ON KSAT.COM AN EXPANDED VERSION OF THIS STORY AND HOW T CONSTITUTION PROTECTS SCENARIOS LIKE WEARING THE FLAG AS A SYMBOL. YOU CAN CHECK OUT THE STORY AND

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