President-elect of the United States (US) Donald Trump seems concerned about mistreatment of the country’s flag by some people dissatisfied by his recent poll victory.
Trump whose victory in the November 8 polls was met with widespread protests in parts of the country used his official twitter handle to address the issue of burning the US flag and also gave possible sanctions.
His tweet read, ‘‘Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!’‘
Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag - if they do, there must be consequences - perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!
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
The US flag comprises thirteen horizontal stripes alternating red and white (seven red and six white stripes); in the top left corner in a blues background, there are 50 white stars of alternating numbers of six and five per row. The flag is often referred to as the American flag, it is the national flag of the USA.
Trump’s surprise election victory sparked protests as hundreds of protesters took the streets for days in Miami, Florida and Atlanta. In Miami the protesters marched peacefully holding up anti-Trump banners with some reading’ NOT MY PRESIDENT’ and ‘DUMP TRUMP’ as the police looked on.
In other places however, there were some violent scenes and the burning of flags. Protesters in downtown Atlanta cited a list of objections to Trump’s campaign rhetoric and allegations that he sexually abused women and bragged about it. Thousands others took to the streets from Boston to Berkeley, California, chanting anti-Trump mantras.
Trump has dismissed the crowds on Twitter, calling them “professional protesters incited by the media, but later reversed course, saying he admired their “passion.”
Even though more Americans voted for Trump than for his main competitor Clinton, Trump grabbed more electoral college votes to secure his position as president.