President-elect Donald Trump drew widespread condemnation on Tuesday for his view that there “must” be consequences for burning the American flag that “may” need to include stripping flag burners of their citizenship.
The crew on The View slammed Trump’s assertion, and co-host Sunny Hostin in particular said that she’s disturbed by how authoritarian Trump’s thinking on this issue is.
“I think that’s what’s scary is when you have a president-elect saying things like that, that people should be jailed… anything that’s infringing upon our constitutional rights to speak, and it reeks of a dictatorship,” she said. “And I don’t know why more people aren’t terrified that he keeps saying these kinds of things over and over and over again.”
Co-host Whoopi Goldberg then read aloud the entire text of the First Amendment, and said that it “means you’re allowed to protest without fear of reprisal from the government.”
“It’s the First Amendment for a good reason!” added Joy Behar, to applause from the audience. “It’s Number One!”
Paula Faris responded by pointing out that Hillary Clinton voted for a law that would have criminalized flag burning back when she was a U.S. Senator, and noted that flag burning is deeply offensive to many people in this country, especially those who have fought to defend it in times of war.
Whoopi Goldberg, however, wasn’t having any of it.
“My grandfather fought for this country and couldn’t walk on the streets of Selma, Alabama,” she replied.
Check out the whole segment below.