Protesters burned American flags outside of Trump International Hotel in protest of President-elect Donald Trump’s claim that there “must be consequences” for flag-burners.
— Sunsara Taylor (@SunsaraTaylor) November 29, 2016
Twitter videos show members of the far-left NYC Revolution Club pouring lighter fluid on a pair of American flags and lighting them on fire, according to Fox News.
“It is a symbol of oppression. It is a symbol of slavery and genocide. The American flag stands for plunder. It stands for death squads in Guatemala. It stands for police murder of black and brown people,” one of the protesters said. “This flag stands for genocide of native people and the assault on Standing Rock. This flag deserves to burn.”
“We burn this flag for the people of the world. One, two, three, four! Slavery, genocide, and war! Five, six, seven, eight! America was never great!” the protesters shouted.
The United States Supreme Court ruled in 1989 that burning an American flag is not illegal and is a protected form of free speech under the First Amendment.
Mediaite suggests Trump tweeted about flag burning “perhaps in reaction to the news that a handful of college students in Massachusetts burned a flag this week in protest to the election results.”
Those students in Massachusetts burned an American flag the night before Veterans Day at Hampshire College after lowering the flag to half-staff because of the election.
Students at American University also burned the American flag earlier this month in protest of the election results.