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'Dumb': Supreme Court justice isn't impressed with Kaepernick's protests

In “My Own Words,” a new compilation of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s writings over the course her lifetime, the vim and vigor that she is famous for expressing from the Supreme Court bench is just as apparent in her high school editorials. Ginsburg has spent decades weighing in on issues most important to her — such as gender and religion — and in a new interview with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric, she did not mince words when weighing in on the current election, the state of the court, and controversy surrounding the national anthem.

They don’t call Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader the “Notorious RBG” for nothing. Ginsburg, in an interview with Yahoo's Katie Couric, did not mince words when weighing in on several hot topics in the news, including the protests of the national anthem by San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players that have followed his lead. With more and more football players across the country refusing to stand for the national anthem before games, Justice Ginsburg called the protest “dumb and disrespectful.”

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.

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Ginsburg is no stranger to controversy. This summer, she walked back comments she had made calling Donald Trump a “faker” and criticizing his ego. Trump, in turn, had tweeted out that Ginsburg should resign because “her mind is shot.” When asked about one of Trump’s signature proposals — banning Muslims from entering the country, Ginsburg declined to answer.

The question you ask is a question that could come before this court. I can’t answer a hypothetical question when it may turn into a real question. I can’t preview my decision.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Joan Bader Ginsburg(born March 15, 1933) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Ginsburg was appointed by President Bill Clinton and took the oath of office on August 10, 1993.