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Mon Jul 29, 2019, 05:52 AM

Trump Flags Violate SD Laws on Flag Defacement and Right of Publicity?

SDCL 22-9-1 dishes out a Class 1 misdemeanor—up to one year in jail, $2,000 fine—to “Any person who knowingly mutilates, defaces, physically defiles… any flag of the United States….”

I agree with constitutional scholars that this law is unconstitutional. But South Dakota’s Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg has neither the jurisdiction nor the intellect to discern the constitutionality of state law; the Attorney General’s job is to enforce our laws, including our flag-defacement ban.

The salient question at a rinky-dink shop in Rapid City is, does defacement include putting a face on a flag?

As photographed by my friend Joe Lowe on Thursday, the newly opened “Trump Shop” at the corner of Baken Park was flying two defaced American flags: one with Trump’s visage, one with his name, both with his slogan stamped over the proper colors. Joe Lowe tells KOTA-TV these crass commercial banners deface and disrespect the flag for which his father fought and died:

“It’s a flag issue for me. It’s just disrespectful and it’s against the United States Code,” said Lowe, pointing to an American flag with Trump’s image superimposed on top of. “My dad died for the country and my uncle died on the battlefield. They fought for the county, for the United States of America, not the United States of Trump. You shouldn’t put people’s picture on the American flag it’s just disrespectful.”

Lowe says putting an image on top of the flag is a misdemeanor offense [Nick Reagan, “Trump Shop Opens in Rapid City for Sturgis Motorcycle Rally,” KOTA-TV, updated 2019.07.26].

Read more: http://dakotafreepress.com/2019/07/28/trump-flags-violate-sd-laws-on-flag-defacement-and-right-of-publicity/

Trump flags in Rapid City; photo by Joe Lowe, 2019.07.25.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Jul 29, 2019, 06:05 AM

1. Our factory put up a flag pole back in the 70's,


to fly the American flag. We put a big letter B at the top of the flag pole which represented our company's name. One of our vendors belonged to the Order of Ruptured Ducks, he told us we were in violation of the flag protocol. Only a plain ball or an eagle are permitted above the flag. The next day we removed the B and replaced it with a ball.

I would ask the opinion of the Order of Ruptured Ducks if I lived near that Trump shop in SD.

I never said anything, but I also wondered about the blue stripe flags that are flying everywhere. I totally support law enforcement but is it legal to fly a blue striped flag?

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Response to watoos (Reply #1)

Mon Jul 29, 2019, 08:48 AM

2. It seems that since the federal government

can control copyright law, they should be able to control at least the defacement of the US flag for commercial purposes. I disagree strongly with any defacement of the flag, but an individual doing it is covered by the 1st Amendment. Selling a defaced flag on the other hand should be illegal using something like a copyright justification.

No cause warrants defacing the flag even ones which I agree with.

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