Hillary Clinton co-sponsored bill to jail flag burners in 2005

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President-elect Donald Trump isn't the first to call for punishment for people who burn the American flag.

In 2005, then Senator Hillary Clinton co-sponsored a bill called the Flag Protection Act. The bill said quote: "Any person who shall intentionally threaten or intimidate any person or group of persons by burning, or causing to be burned, a flag of the United States shall be fined not more than $100,000, imprisoned for not more than 1 year, or both."

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Police and other security officials arrest a member of the "Revolutionary Communist Party, USA" after party members burned a U.S. flag outside the gates of the Quicken Loans Arena, the site for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., July 20, 2016. REUTERS/Adrees Latif TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A security official tries to extinguish a fire after members of the "Revolutionary Communist Party, USA" burned the U.S. flag outside the gates of the Quicken Loans Arena, the site for the Republican National Convention in Ohio, U.S., July 20, 2016. REUTERS/Adrees Latif
Julie Leroy has her picture taken by police after being arrested during a protest outside the venue on the third day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 20, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk
A protester screams after being detained following a demonstration near the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., July 20, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Cleveland police officers clash with a group attempting to burn a U.S. flag while protesting near the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., July 20, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
CLEVELAND, USA - JULY 20: Police tackle a protestor that tried to burn an American Flag after a fight broke out between opponents outside the Quicken Loans Arena during the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, USA on July 20, 2016. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, USA - JULY 20: Police arrest a protestor that tried to prevent someone from burning an American Flag outside the Quicken Loans Arena during the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, USA on July 20, 2016. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, USA - JULY 20: Police tackle a protestor that tried to burn an American Flag after a fight broke out between opponents outside the Quicken Loans Arena during the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, USA on July 20, 2016. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, USA - JULY 20: Police tackle a protestor that tried to burn an American Flag after a fight broke out between opponents outside the Quicken Loans Arena during the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, USA on July 20, 2016. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, USA - JULY 20: A senior officer with the Cleveland Police attempts to talk with and calm down a man that was agitated during protests outside the Quicken Loans Arena during the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, USA on July 20, 2016. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, USA - JULY 20: Mounted Police move in to break up crowd while other officers make arrests outside the Quicken Loans Arena during the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, USA on July 20, 2016. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
An activists shouts as she is arrested by police during a protest outside the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 20, 2016. / AFP / Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
Two activists argue during a protest outside the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 20, 2016. / AFP / Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
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The flashback to 2005 comes after a tweet from President-elect Trump that said, "Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag - if they do, there must be consequences - perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!"

The Flag Protection Act, which was never passed, came about as a compromise to a proposed amendment seeking to ban flag burning.

Multiple rulings by the Supreme Court have found flag burning to be protected by the first amendment.

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