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Ruth Bader Ginsburg: I was ‘Inappropriately Dismissive and Harsh’ on NFL Anthem Protests

screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-11-50-16-amSupreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is walking back comments she made earlier in the week about the National Anthem protests in the NFL.

After previously calling the protests “dumb and disrepectful,” the Supreme Court Justice now says she should not have spoken out.

“Barely aware of the incident or its purpose, my comments were inappropriately dismissive and harsh,” Ginsburg said. “I should have declined to respond.”

Ginsburg made her initial comments during a Yahoo! interview with Katie Couric, which posted to the site Monday.

“Would I arrest them for doing it? No,” Ginsburg said of the protests. “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.”

Friday’s recantation by Ginsburg follows a similar episode back in July when the Justice sharply criticized Donald Trump, then apologized for the remarks a few days later.

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