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Fun Fact: Hillary Supported Punishing Flag Burners In 2005

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Hillary Clinton once proposed punishing those who burned the American flag with jail time. Then-Sen. Clinton, along with Sen. Bob Bennett, proposed the “Flag Protection Act of 2005.”

The bill reads, in part:

“Any person who destroys or damages a flag of the United States with the primary purpose and intent to incite or produce imminent violence or a breach of the peace, and under circumstances in which the person knows that it is reasonably likely to produce imminent violence or a breach of the peace, shall be fined not more than $100,000, imprisoned not more than 1 year, or both.”

The bill was never considered or passed by Congress, but was thrust into public consciousness this morning after Donald Trump tweeted a very similar proposal.

Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!

Swift reactions came from across the political spectrum, many of them critical.

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