After SCOTUS Nom, GOP Sells 'Notorious ACB' Shirts

Republicans capitalize on RBG's nickname
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 28, 2020 12:40 AM CDT
Updated Sep 28, 2020 4:00 AM CDT
After SCOTUS Nomination, GOP Sells 'Notorious ACB' Shirts
Judge Amy Coney Barrett speaks after President Donald Trump announced Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court, in the Rose Garden at the White House, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg hasn't yet been laid to rest, but the GOP is already capitalizing on her nickname. Within minutes of President Trump nominating Amy Coney Barrett to replace Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, the National Republican Senatorial Committee was already selling "Notorious ACB" shirts—a play on, of course, "Notorious RBG." Barrett is depicted wearing a crown on the shirts, much like Ginsburg used to be depicted on shirts featuring her likeness. The crown apparently harkens back to the famous photos of rapper Notorious B.I.G., whose moniker inspired the nickname in the first place, wearing one, USA Today reports.

Slate calls the "Notorious ACB" move "deliberately degrading," and reactions on Twitter include words like "vile." A reaction from the other side? "Sooo... The liberals who stole and culturally appropriated Notorious B.I.G. for RBG are suddenly upset that Republicans call Amy Coney Barrett Notorious ACB it." (Read more Amy Coney Barrett stories.)

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