Senate Republicans started selling T-shirts calling Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett “The Notorious A.C.B.” just moments after Donald Trump named her for the position and before Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s body was even buried.
The T-shirts are a reference to how some people referred to Ginsburg as “the notorious R.B.G.” as a sign of respect for her 27-year career on the Supreme Court and the decades during which she worked to advance women’s equality.
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On Saturday, Trump nominated Barrett to the Supreme Court seat that opened when Ginsburg passed away the week before. Soon the National Republican Senate Committee (NRSC) was tweeting a link for people to buy the T-shirts.
“Show your support for Pres. Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, with your very own Notorious A.C.B. t-shirt!” the tweet said.
🚨 LIMITED EDITION: Show your support for Pres. Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, with your very own Notorious A.C.B. t-shirt! Claim yours here ⬇️https://t.co/qi1eWqTz17
— The Senate Majority (@NRSC) September 26, 2020
The T-shirt costs $20, although the NRSC website asks for a donation of up to $5000 with each T-shirt for a “SUPREME COURT DEFENSE FUND,” even though the fund is clearly for the upcoming election.
“Democrats will do ANYTHING to stop President Trump and Senate Republicans from filling the Supreme Court vacancy. Protecting our Majority has never been more important. HELP!” the website says.
On Twitter, people found the T-shirts to be less than respectful.
This makes me sick to my stomach. https://t.co/88O20sD8Rf
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) September 27, 2020
Even though we already we're dealing with piles of human garbage, this is unbelievably disrespectful.
— Chidi®️ (@ChidiNwatu) September 26, 2020
How nice of you to make a mockery of RBG before she’s even been buried. Such a republican thing to do.
— Disgruntled Optimist 🌊🗽🆘 (@DOptomist) September 26, 2020
you know what, she has to earn her own GD nickname, and it sure as hell is not the same as RGBs, especially after a piddling legal career.
— Karen Wilcox, Ph.D. (@kswilcox) September 26, 2020
— T-Is #Ruthless (@Whateva691) September 27, 2020
The moniker “Notorious R.B.G.” is a reference to the rap legend Notorious B.I.G., who, like Ginsburg, was from Brooklyn.