Trump against free speech
Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2016
Remember that Justice Scalia himself joined the majority opinion of Texas v. Johnson which held that burning the American flag is constitutionally protected free speech. And Trump has said that he wants to fill Scalia’s seat with a like-minded replacement.
An absolutist view of free speech is the only thing protecting HBD bloggers from being censored by the liberals. If Trump weakens free speech, and then he leaves office in four or eight years to be replaced by a Democrat, it could mean the end of HBD blogs. I could be thrown in prison!
This tweet, however, is consistent with my view of Trump as someone who generally has 1950s values (a decade when burning of the American flag was not well appreciated) and supports law and order, but who is not a deep thinker and is not well studied in constitutional law. That’s not to say that Trump isn’t smart, but he has used his intelligence to make money, make his apartment look like the Palace of Versailles, and marry trophy wives rather than concern himself with issues of political philosophy.
They say that they took his Android away from him during the last three weeks of the campaign so that he couldn’t spontaneously tweet without it being reviewed. Maybe they need to go back to that system.
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Otis the Sweaty’s alternative interpretation:
Not sure if this was deliberate, but this tweet is great because it will provoke liberal idiots and BLM types into publicly burning American flags. Hello 10% more of the white vote!
I agree that Trump has a way with arousing the passions of the prole whites, but perhaps he will be better at governing the country if, now that he won, he goes a little more high class.
Also, your comment demonstrates that flag-burning isn’t really subversive. It never causes anyone to join the cause of the flag burners.
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Mike CA says:
Lots of people say they are in favor of free speech until somebody says something they don’t like. Outlawing flag burning is just more political correctness.