Warning for college students who publicly suggest they’ll host an event to discuss “what burning an American flag might achieve,” and then burn a flag if they feel like it:
Don’t be surprised if a bunch of veterans on motorcycles shows up.
Dartmouth College student Timothy Messen wrote a blistering columnThursday that said without evidence that President Donald Trump’s November election victory was followed by “an increase in sexual and racial violence.”
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Citing Trump’s past suggestion that flag burning be made a crime – which is not going to happen – Messen told his readers that “the best way to defend our rights is to exercise them.” He invited everyone to a possibleflag-burning on campus Friday to coincide with Trump’s inauguration.
Whoops. The Dartmouth reports:
Members of Rolling Thunder New Hampshire Chapter 2, a Claremont-based branch of Rolling Thunder arrived at the middle of the Green prior to the student demonstration. …
“We had heard a rumor from somewhere that someone was going to be up here protesting, burning flags,” said Jim Campbell, a member of Rolling Thunder New Hampshire Chapter 2. “So we put some emails out, some texts, and got a bunch of guys to come up and brought up our flags to show our support for not burning the flag.”