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Justice Ginsburg: Kaepernick protests are “stupid,” “arrogant,” and “disrespectful”


Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is weighing in on the whole Colin Kaepernick controversy.

Justice Ginsburg told Yahoo News this morning, she thinks the NFL quarterback’s decision to kneel or sit during the national anthem is “really dumb.”

She adds: “I think it’s dumb and disrespectful. 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.”

While Ginsburg doesn’t think Kaepernick and other players should be punished for their protest, she certainly does disagree with their stance.

“If they want to be stupid, there’s no law that should be preventive,” Ginsburg said. “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 that they are expressing when they do that,” she added.

The 49ers QB and other players have claimed that their actions are in protest of racial inequality. Kaepernick started sitting during the national anthem back in August, touching off this months-long national debate.  ESPN reports that after Kaepernick met with Army Green Beret Nate Boyer, he decided to kneel “in an effort to make the protest more respectful.”

While speaking to Yahoo News today, Ginsburg said, while Kaepernick’s actions are ridiculous, he and the other players are not jeopardizing the health or well being of others. “It’s a symbol they’re engaged in,” she says.


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