Ruth Bader Ginsburg has taken notice of the movement spawned by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling during the national anthem. And she’s not a fan.
In a Yahoo! News interview with Katie Couric, the U.S. Supreme Court Justice voiced her disapproval of Kaepernick and other athletes choosing to kneel during the anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality.
“I think it’s really dumb of them,” Ginsburg said. “Would I arrest them for doing it? No. 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. But it’s dangerous to arrest people for conduct that doesn’t jeopardize the health or well-being of other people.”
Though respectful of the First Amendment rights of Kaepernick and others, Ginsburg took issue with what she considers to be immense disrespect.
“If they want to be stupid, there’s no law that should be preventive,” she 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.”