FAR left protesters have burned American flags outside Trump Tower and the White House.
Video shows the Stars and Stripes being burned just outside the White House as the demonstrators chanted “America was never great”.
The flag burning came in the wake of Donald Trump’s Independence Day speech at the White House, in which he condemned the “radical left” and compared them to terrorists and Nazis.
The flag-burning was organized by the Revolutionary Communist Party, The Hill reports.
Prior to the flag burning an event was held by Refuse Fascism, which also held protests nationwide on July Fourth calling for the removal of Trump and Vice President Mike Pence from office.
As they lit the flag, activists can be heard chanting: “One, two, three, four, slavery, genocide and war. Five, six, seven, eight, America was never great.”
But footage shows them becoming involved in an argument with other protesters who objected to the burning of American flags.
On its website, Refuse Fascism said that it also created and then tore down a “statue” of Trump outside of Trump Tower in New York.
A crowd was seen outside the building and a flag was burned opposite as police officers watched on.
Trump has criticized such protesters, including in his speech at the “Salute to America” where he hit out the “radical left.”
“We are now in the process of defeating the radical left, the Marxists, the anarchists, the agitators, the looters, and people who in many instances have absolutely no clue what they are doing,” he said in his address.
Soon after he was elected back in 2016 Trump proposed that people who burn the American flag should get jail time or lose their citizenship
He returned to the theme at a campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma in June, calling for legislation that would require a minimum sentence of a year for anyone who burns the American flag.
“We ought to come up with legislation that if you burn the American flag you go to jail for one year,” he told his supporters.
“We oughta do it. We talk about freedom of speech… but that’s desecration.”
Burning the American flag is, however, not illegal and the US Supreme Court has twice – in 1989 and 1990 – declared that it counts as “expression”.
As such it is protected under the First Amendment, which guarantees that congress “shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech”.