Back in 2005, Hillary Clinton co-sponsored a bill that would make burning the American flag a crime. It was never passed, and it was specific: you couldn’t burn someone else’s flag, you couldn’t burn a flag in order to intimidate, you couldn’t burn a flag on federal property. But the fact that she wanted to criminalize what courts have upheld as an act of free speech is a concern. Protectors of freedom were rightly upset, and thankful the bill didn’t get anywhere.
Supporters of liberty have stood up against assaults on our right to freedom of speech time and again. From lynching President Obama in effigy to hate speech, defenders of the first amendment have taken a stand. And rightly so!
President-elect Donald Trump, however, seems to be taken an anti-freedom position that mirrors Hillary Clinton’s stance in 2005:
What do we make of this?