Colin Kaepernick’s anti-American protests during the national anthem have sparked outrage across the political spectrum.
Even notorious liberal icon and Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, called the protests “dumb” and “disrespectful”.
In an interview with Yahoo, Justice Ginsberg ripped Kaepernick for kneeling during the national anthem.
The Washington Post reports:
“I would have the same answer if you asked me about flag burning,” the 83-year-old, who has served on the Supreme Court since 1993, continued. “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.
“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.”
Kaepernick couldn’t let that slide and unleashed a vitriolic rant against white people which some viewed as bigoted.
The San Jose Mercury News recounts Kaepernick’s rant:
“It is disappointing to hear a Supreme Court justice call a protest against injustices and oppression ‘stupid, dumb’ in reference to players doing that,” Kaepernick said by his locker after speaking to reporters about taking over for Blaine Gabbert.
“I was reading an article and it refers to white critique of black protests and how they try to de-legitimize it by calling it ‘idiotic, dumb, stupid,’ things of that nature, so they can sidestep the real issue. As I was reading that I saw more and more truth how this has been approached by people in power and white people in power in particular.”
Not content to limit his remarks to racial prejudice, Kaepernick then descended into ugly anti-Americanism by completely disrespecting the American flag, dismissing it as a “piece of cloth.”
The Mercury News also reports:
“But “people are getting too caught up in the flag,” he added. “At the end of the day the flag is just a piece of cloth and I am not going to value a piece of cloth over people’s lives. That’s just not something I can do, it’s not something I feel morally right doing and my character won’t allow me to do that.”
Some argue Kaepernick’s antics are why fans are tuning out of NFL games.
Ratings are down by the double-digits.
There are pundits who argue that the Presidential election, proliferation of games on TV, fallout from the concussion scandal, and the absence of star quarterbacks like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are the biggest factors in the declining ratings.
But they also ignore the data.
A recent Rasmussen poll found one-third of NFL viewers are boycotting the games because of anti-American protests staged by spoiled athletes.
Kaepernick’s anti-white rant and outrageous remarks about the American flag will likely only boost that number.