Ginsburg calls anthem protest ‘dumb and disrespectful’

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LONG BEACH, CA - OCTOBER 26: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg attends California first lady Maria Shriver's annual Women's Conference 2010 on October 26, 2010 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California. Attendees to the conference include Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and candidates for California Governor Republican Meg Whitman and Democrat Jerry Brown. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is calling the protests of football players who decline to stand for the national anthem “dumb and disrespectful.”

The justice said in an interview posted Monday on Yahoo that she has the same opinion about flag burning. She said it’s not illegal, but called it “ridiculous” and “a terrible thing to do.”

She said of the players: “If they want to be stupid, there’s no law that should be preventive.”

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and other athletes have received national attention for refusing to stand for the anthem this year. Kaepernick cited racial injustice and police brutality among the reasons.

Ginsburg made news this summer after criticizing GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. She later said those comments were “ill advised.”

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  • Bob

    I agree with Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

    I personally think we should pack all the people who don’t respect the United States, our Flag, and all the Sacrifices made by everyone to protect our country and send them to a third world country of their choice. Then they can protest all they want until some dictator shoots them.

    What a bunch of jerks.

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