(ANTIMEDIA) — President-elect Donald Trump once again dominated headlines on Tuesday when he 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!”
Social media and news outlets were quick to point out that not only was his threat unconstitutional, but it had already been attempted to some degree by Hillary Clinton when she introduced the Flag Protection Act of 2005.
But what if he actually managed to do it?
The thought is terrifying for many, but not as many as some might think. The number of Americans voluntarily renouncing their U.S. citizenship is at an all-time high, and the number continues to climb despite the costly and painstaking process to do so. If Trump was actually able to revoke citizenship for burning the flag, he’d be saving thousands of Americans a $2,350 renunciation fee, raised in 2014 from $450. The State Department claimed the 422% hike was to cover the costs of their increased workload.
Whether the president-elect’s tweet was merely a knee-jerk emotional reaction, “trolling,” or a legitimate threat, the implication of the president of the United States violating the constitutional rights of the American people on a whim is nothing to be taken lightly.
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