A gaggle of protestors from the Revolutionary Communist Party descended on Trump Tower and burned the US flag to express their dismay at the Republican maverick”s tweet and election victory.
Trump took aim at the flag-burners on Tuesday, and 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!”
Despite the business tycoon’s tweets, the US Supreme Court ruled in 1957 that citizens cannot be stripped of their citizenship as a punishment for a crime and in 1967, the same sort ruled citizens cannot be stripped of citizenship at all without their consent.
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton unsuccessfully sponsored a bill in 2005 to make flag-burning a crime.
Flag burning has been ruled as a sign of protest in America rather than as an offence punishable by the law.
Both Republicans and Democrats have slammed Trump’s proposals to strip protestors of their citizenship as effectively threatening to punish dissent despite constitutional protections.
Trump has not held a press conference for several months but has utilised social media to express a host of controversial views, including locking up flag burners and efforts to force a recount of November 8 Presidential vote.
He questioned the legitimacy of some of the voting in certain states.
On November 27, he tweeted: “In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”
Following his election success, Trump has been building his transition team for when he becomes President on January 20.
On Tuesday, Trump had dinner with former Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
The 2012 Presidential candidate is rumoured to be in line for a position in Trump’s top team, with reports claiming the 69-year-old may be appointed Secretary of State.