Celebrities React: Donald Trump Says Burning American Flag Deserves Jail Time
Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning that they’re should be serious consequences for burning the American flag, including jail time or the loss of citizenship. Celebrities are now reacting on Twitter to the president-elect’s comment. See stars’ tweets below.
“Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!” Trump wrote on Tuesday. However, burning the American flag isn’t a criminal offense and is protected under the constitution, which resulted in “First Amendment” becoming a trending topic on Twitter. Making note of this, Patton Oswalt joked, “I mean, at least @realDonaldTrump got the #FirstAmendment trending. He’s like Schoolhouse Rock for sh*theads.”
George Takei wrote, “I pledged allegiance to the flag every morning inside an internment camp. I would never burn one, but I’d die to protect the right to do so.” Ricky Gervais said, “It’s amazing that in such a short space of time we all accept that this is a genuine tweet by a world leader and that he hasn’t been hacked.” Meanwhile, Alec Baldwin believed people should focus on Trump’s cabinet picks rather than his online activity, expressing, “Bannon and all of the fascists are laughing heartily. Let Trump’s tweets distract from his cabal mortgaging our future.”
Katie Couric referenced an interview she did with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, saying, “Justice Ginsburg told me flag burning was ‘a terrible thing to do, but I wouldn’t lock a person up for doing it.'” Chelsea Handler asked, “Can someone take donald trumps phone away? It’s like my nephew is tweeting for the first time as he learns about laws in America.” And Daniel Tosh quipped, “tonight’s #tosh season finale has so much flag burning!!”
Mia Farrow argued, “Flag burning is constitutionally protected under 1st Amendment. -SCOTUS 1990. Also, citizenship can’t be stripped as punishment -SCOTUS ’58.” And Piers Morgan, one of the few celebrities to support Trump’s statement, noted, “Memo to Trump-haters going nuts again today: Hillary Clinton sponsored an (unsuccessful) 2005 bill to make flag-burning a crime in US.” Gossip Cop will update as more celebrities react to Trump’s flag-burning tweet.