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. Cohen accused President Donald Trump of an expansive pattern of lies and criminality, offering a damning portrayal of life inside the president’s orbit. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/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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