A protest at Hampshire College initiated due to the United States Flag removal. The protest involved up to approximately 1000 veterans from all over New England. The veterans came to Hampshire College to proclaim their disbelief, anger, and sadness about the act.
Jerry Maguire, Veteran said, “They took down my flag, they have a right to that, I’m here to defend their right to do that but I want them to understand how bad that hurts me.”
Shortly after this incident took place, President-Elect Donald Trump took to Twitter to state what was on his mind:
Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2016
After this tweet from President-Elect Donald Trump, Twitter, and other outlets went into a frenzy. President-Elect Donald Trump was ridiculed for his statement, especially from those who are politically left.
The politically left forgot that the same proposition that President-Elect Donald Trump tweeted was also supported by Hillary Clinton in 2005. On 10/24/2005, Senator Robert F. Bennett [R-UT] introduced the Flag Protection Act of 2005 with Hillary Clinton as one of the cosponsors:
Flag Protection Act of 2005 – Amends the federal criminal code to revise provisions regarding desecration of the flag to prohibit: (1) destroying or damaging a U.S. flag with the primary purpose and intent to incite or produce imminent violence or a breach of the peace; (2) intentionally threatening or intimidating any person, or group of persons, by burning a U.S. flag; or (3) stealing or knowingly converting the use of a U.S. flag belonging to the United States, or belonging to another person on U.S. lands, and intentionally destroying or damaging that flag.