Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Calls Kaepernick’s Protests ‘Dumb and Disrespectful’
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the latest to offer up her opinion on the racial climate in the United States and the reactions its brought out of many people. She mainly had something to say about Colin Kaepernick’s protest against the National Anthem, which has garnered both support and pushback both across the NFL and country.
While interviewing with Katie Couric, Ginsburg said that she feels Kaepernick’s protest is “dumb and disrespectful” but that she understands his legal right to do so.
“Would I arrest them for doing it? No,” Ginsburg said, according to Yahoo. “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. I would point out how ridiculous it seems to me to do such an act.”
When Couric followed up to ask if Ginsburg feels that it’s within players legal rights to raise a fist or kneel during the anthem, even though she personally disagrees with it – clearly.
“Yes,” said 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 that they are expressing when they do that.”
During the rest of the interview, Ginsburg went on to laugh off Donald Trump’s claims that she should resign and clarified that she’s personally against all forms of discrimination. She stopped short of saying she wouldn’t support a national ban on Muslims because it’s possible that it could come before the court at some point in the future.
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