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Longtime Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has never been one to hold her tongue on the issues of the day and added to that well-known fact in a recent interview. Justice Ginsburg was asked to weigh in on Colin Kaepernick‘s recent protests of the National Anthem, which she called “dumb and disrespectful.”

Justice Ginsburg sat down with Yahoo’s Katie Couric to promote her new book, My Own Words, and discussed a myriad of topics including Donald Trump, freedom of expression, and how much longer will she command her post from the bench. Her stances on Kaepernick’s protest were met with disdain but she also reserved the same criticism for those who burn the flag.

From Yahoo:

When asked by Couric how she feels about San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and others athletes, refusing to stand for the anthem, Ginsburg replied, “I think it’s really dumb of them.”

“Would I arrest them for doing it? No,” Ginsburg elaborated. “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.”

Couric then asked, “But when it comes to these football players, you may find their actions offensive, but what you’re saying is, it’s within their rights to exercise those actions?”

“Yes,” said Ginsburg. “If they want to be stupid, there’s no law that should be preventive. 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.”

Check out Yahoo’s interview with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the clip below.

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