2016 Flashback: Ruth Ginsburg Says Kneeling For National Anthem Is ‘Dumb And Disrespectful… Terrible Thing To Do’ [Opinion]

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In 2016, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg argued that “it’s really dumb” for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and others to refuse to stand for the national anthem, according to CNN.

Their actions are “dumb and disrespectful,” she said of Kaepernick and others.

Ginsburg said about the athletes, “if they want to be stupid, there’s no law that should be preventive.”

She continued, “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.”

“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.”

Kaepernick responded to the liberal Supreme Court Justice, saying it was “disappointing to hear a Supreme Court justice call a protest against injustices and oppression ‘stupid, dumb.’ ”

“I was reading an article and it refers to white critique of black protests and how they try to de-legitimize it by calling it ‘idiotic, dumb, stupid,’ things of that nature, so they can sidestep the real issue,” Kaepernick said.

Kaepernick said about white people: “As I was reading that I saw more and more truth how this has been approached by people in power and white people in power in particular.”

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