Saturday, July 20, 2019

The Legal Case for Trump's Position of Stripping Flag Burners of Citizenship

After President Trump tweeted, "Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag - if they do, there must be consequences - perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!", YouGov polled the subject.
Roughly two-thirds (67%) of Republicans support this idea, while just 29% of independents and about a quarter of Democrats feel the same. A majority of both Democrats and independents are opposed to revoking US citizenship for flag-burners.
In general, Republicans may have stronger feelings about America’s flag. YouGov research finds that Republicans (68%) are nearly twice as likely as Democrats (36%) to say they are “patriotic” in their political views.
Lefties and LibReps have treated this as proof that most Republicans are just mouth-breathing morons who hate the First Amendment.
Not so fast.
Stripping citizenship is known as denaturalization. We don't do it much anymore even when the law is inarguably clear. As is the case with American citizens who join ISIS. It's applied to American citizens who engage in treason, rebellion or show clear foreign allegiance.
I don't personally think that flag burners should be denaturalized without further evidence of intent, but the legal case isn't that hard to find.
Read the rest from Daniel Greenfield HERE.

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