Plain Talk: Rep. Armstrong Says He’d “Have a Difficult Time” Supporting a Ban on Flag Burning, Slave Reparations Are a “Non-Starter”

Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.) listens to Michael Cohen testify before the House Oversight and Reform Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 27, 2019. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/Copyright 2019 The New York Times)

On this episode of Plain Talk, Congressman Kelly Armstrong says he hasn’t yet read the anti-flag burning constitutional amendment co-sponsored by Senator Kevin Cramer, but said he “would have a difficult time” supporting any ban on flag desecration.

“At a personal level I think burning an American flag is abhorrent,” Armstrong said, but he also said a ban on doing so “curtails constitutional rights.”

Asked about the hearings held in the U.S. House concerning slave reparations, Armstrong said “I do not support this policy.”

“It’s a non-starter,” he added, saying he’d rather focus on policies to address opportunities and equity for the future.

Armstrong also President Donald Trump showed “considerable restraint” in backing down from a military retaliation against Iran.

Also on this episode, the energy industry has been creating opportunities for young Americans, both in North Dakota and across the nation.

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