Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Says She Regrets ‘Harsh’ Comments on Colin Kaepernick’s Protest

Ruth Bader Ginsburg arrives before Pope Francis addresses the joint session of Congress on Sept. 24, 2014, in Washington, D.C. (Credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg arrives before Pope Francis addresses the joint session of Congress on Sept. 24, 2014, in Washington, D.C. (Credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

For the second time in recent months, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg voiced regret for unwisely sounding off in an interview.

On Friday, the liberal justice said she should not have denounced NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s silent protests during the national anthem as “dumb” and “disrespectful.”

“Barely aware of the incident or its purpose, my comments were inappropriately dismissive and harsh,” Ginsburg said in a brief statement issued Friday afternoon. “I should have declined to respond.”

In July, Ginsburg similarly backed away from a series of comments expressing alarm with the prospect of Donald Trump winning the White House.

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