Ruth Bader Ginsburg Walks Back Her ‘Inappropriately Dismissive’ Criticism of Colin Kaepernick

By Jillian Kay Melchior | 12:54 pm, October 15, 2016

On Friday, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg walked back her criticism of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, calling her comments “inappropriately dismissive and harsh.”

Earlier Ginsburg had said that although Kaepernick and other football players have a constitutional right to protest, it was “dumb and disrespectful” for them to refuse to stand during the national anthem to draw attention to racial discrimination and police violence.

Now, “I should have declined to respond,” Ginsburg said in a statement released Friday by the Supreme Court press office.

The Notorious RBG’s Kaepernick comments have drawn a mixed reaction on social media– including praise from her usual critics and criticism from her usual fans.


This time marks the second n four months that Ginsburg, who at 83 is the oldest member of the court, has backtracked after controversial remarks.

In July, she said she didn’t want to consider the possibility of a Donald Trump presidency, calling the candidate a “faker” with “no consistency about him” – comments she later admitted were “ill-advised.”

— Jillian Kay Melchior writes for Heat Street and is a fellow for the Steamboat Institute and the Independent Women’s Forum.