In an interview with Katie Couric published Monday, the Supreme Court justice is asked her guess on Kaepernick, whom many other athletes have followed by sitting or kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial inequality.
She didn’t hold back.
“I think it’s actually dumb of them, ” she said.
Ginsburg, who is outspoken and liberal on social issues, said she wouldn’t go as far as to “arrest them, ” but called their actions “dumb and disrespectful.”
“I would have the same answer if you asked me about flag burning, ” she said. “I think its a terrible thing to do, but I wouldnt lock a person up for doing it. I would point out how ridiculous it seems to me to do such an act.
Though she takes issue with their protests, Ginsburg said, she admitted that their are no statutes preventing them from doing so.
Ginsburg’s comments, and the fact that she has comments on the issues at all, speak to the scale of Kaepernick’s actions. Once a lone wolf in his protest, Kaepernick rapidly gained traction, as fellow NFL players and athletes of all sports and ages joined him.
As Ginsburg’s sentiment would indicate, though , not all comments have been supportive. This is far from the first time Kaepernick and others have received backlash for their silent protests.
Whether the actions are “dumb and disrespectful” is debatable.
But people are paying attention, that’s for sure.