Flag burning in front of White House leads to scuffle amid 4th of July celebrations
The burning of a flag in front of the White House led to a scuffle between protesters and President Donald Trump supporters during Independence Day celebrations in the nation’s capital.
Gregory Lee Johnson, who had been the lead plaintiff in the 1984 Supreme Court protecting flag-burning as a First Amendment expression of speech, had burned a flag as part of a demonstration.
Johnson was one of two people arrested after a confrontation took place.
Some members of the Revolutionary Communist Party, an American communist party, had formed a cordon of about a dozen people around Johnson as he ignited the flag, chanting “America was never great.”
Trump supporters, some wearing hats emblazoned with Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan, charged the circle, causing the flag burners to topple over. With some Revolutionary Communist group members on the ground, a man wearing a red, sleeveless “Make America Great Again” shirt picked up the flag and attempted to stamp out the fire…….read more
Source: USA Today