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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, speaks during the keynote address or the State Bar of New Mexico's Annual Meeting in Pojoaque, N.M.,Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Craig Fritz)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg isn't a fan of Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protests


Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg isn't a big fan of San Francisco 49ers' quarterback Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protests. 

During an interview with Katie Couric promoting Ginsburg's new book "My Own Words," she called the protests "really dumb."

Ginsburg elaborated saying she wouldn't arrest anyone for protesting the national anthem, but called their actions are "dumb and disrespectful." 

"I would have the same answer if you asked me about flag burning," Ginsburg added. "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."

Ginsburg said there's no law to prevent the athletes from protesting the national anthem, but added that she takes issue with "the point of view they are expressing when they do that." 

Ginsburg's comments are similar to that of the late Justice Antonin Scalia when he was asked why he voted in favor of a man named Gregory Lee Johnson in a 1989 flag-burning case. 

In the case, the Supreme Court upheld Johnson's conviction, saying that burning the American flag was inconsistent with the First Amendment.

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"If I were King," Scalia told CNN in 2012, "I would not allow people to go about burning the American flag. However, we have a First Amendment, which says that the right of free speech shall not be abridged."

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