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Justice Ginsburg: Kaepernick’s Anthem Protest ‘Really Dumb’ and ‘Disrespectful’

By Michael Morris | October 10, 2016 | 4:19pm EDT
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

In an interview with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric, liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg expressed her distaste for the NFL players who have taken part in recent U.S. National Anthem protests saying, “[I]t is really dumb of them … and disrespectful.”

“What do I think?” asked Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “I think it’s really dumb of them. Would I arrest them for doing it? No. I think it’s dumb and disrespectful.”

According to Yahoo! News, “Ginsburg has spent decades weighing in on issues most important to her — such as gender and religion — and in a new interview with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric, she did not mince words when weighing in on the current election, the state of the court and controversy surrounding the national anthem.”

Below is a transcript of Justice Ginsburg’s interview with Couric:

Couric: “How do you feel about San Francisco 49ers player Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players who have basically refused to stand for the National Anthem?”

Ginsburg: “What do I think? I think it’s really dumb of them. Would I arrest them for doing it? No. I think it’s dumb and disrespectful.

“The same – I would have the same answer if you asked me about flag burning. I think it’s a terrible thing to do, but I wouldn’t lock a person up for doing it.

“I would point out how ridiculous it seems to me to do such an act. But it’s dangerous to arrest people for conduct that is not, that doesn’t jeopardize the health or wellbeing of other people.

“It’s a symbol they’re engaged in.”

Couric: “But when it comes to these football players, you may find their actions offensive, but what you’re saying is, it’s within their rights to exercise those actions?”

Ginsburg: “If they want to be stupid, there’s no law that should be preventive. If they want to be arrogant, there’s no law that prevents them from that.

“What I would do is strongly take issue with the point of view they are expressing when they do that.”

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