The Supreme Court ruled in 1989 that burning an American flag was a protected first amendment right of free speech. A proposed amendment in 1990 to criminalize burning the flag fell short.
So what are flag burners protesting? It must obviously be the United States. Burning a nation’s flag seems like a clear sign you hate that nation. But the protesters around Trump Tower are upset about Tuesday’s election results. The same flag would have flown over the White House if Hillary had been elected, and for that matter flies over the Obama White House presently. It’s not Trump’s flag. It’s the American flag, it’s our flag, and it symbolizes the freedoms and liberties that allow us to do things like vote in elections and march in protest. Why desecrate the very symbol of those freedoms? Imagine burning a Russian flag marching through Moscow or ranting about the Communist Party on the Internet from anywhere in China.
If you want to protest Trump, burn a red ballcap. But if you hate America enough to burn the flag it shouldn’t make any difference to you who becomes president. If you burn the flag today I can’t take you seriously the next time you raise the flag because some you like happens.