NEW BRAUNFELS, TX/ 8 SEP 2020/ BLM Flag dragged in Trump Train video. Officials respond.
SITREP: Trump Train demonstrations in New Braunfels are growing weekly. On 3 SEP 2020 a BLM flag dragged under a pickup was shown in a video on YouTube (since deleted). New Braunfels members of the MLK Jr. Association met with the mayor to ensure “accountability”. The mayor said in a statement he also spoke with Trump Train NB organizers and they reject that it was a member of their organization.
RECOMMENDATION: Be aware of potential increased counter-protest activity by BLM-affiliated groups at Trump Train events.
Notes: The destruction of the flag is likely constitutionally protected speech and the SCOTUS ruled in 1989, “The majority noted that freedom of speech protects actions that society may find very offensive, but society’s outrage alone is not justification for suppressing free speech. In particular, the majority noted that the Texas law discriminated upon viewpoint, i.e., although the law punished actions, such as flag burning, that might arouse anger in others, it specifically exempted from prosecution actions that were respectful of venerated objects, e.g., burning and burying a worn-out flag. The majority said that the government could not discriminate in this manner based solely upon viewpoint.”