Amy Coney Barrett 'Notorious A.C.B.' Shirts Offered by Senate Committee Who Are Slammed For Co-opting Ginsburg's Nickname

Just moments after President Donald Trump announced that he was nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) posted a tweet peddling shirts with "Notorious A.C.B." on them.

In the Rose Garden ceremony on Saturday, Barrett said she was "mindful" that she would be taking the seat vacated by Ginsburg, who died aged 87 last week.

Barrett is the polar opposite of Ginsburg, but praised her a trailblazer for women's rights, noting she "not only broke glass ceilings, she smashed them."

"The Notorious R.G.B." was a playful moniker bestowed on Ginsburg, known for her passionate dissents, by a law student and is a reference to The Notorious B.I.G. The late rapper, like Ginsburg, was born in Brooklyn, New York.

The NRSC attracted a swift backlash for appropriating Ginsburg's nickname and applying it to Barrett, who is yet to be confirmed to the nation's highest court. Her face is pictured on the shirts with a crown atop her head.

"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 NRSC, which fundraises to help elect Republicans to the Senate, tweeted.

Critics branded the movie "distasteful," with some expressing their disgust at the lack of respect for Ginsburg, who had lain in state in the U.S. Capitol on Friday. She will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery beside her husband, Martin, who died in 2010.

The term "Notorious ACB" was trending on Twitter early Sunday and the website the "Notorious A.C.B." shirts were being offered on appeared to be down.

Among the critics was California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who shared the NRSC's tweet and added: "This makes me sick to my stomach."

Author Marianna Williamson added: "No class. No respect. No shame."

Molly Jong-Fast added: "RBG has been dead for 8 days. This is disgusting @senatemajldr."

"RBG hasn't even been buried yet and the @nrsc is already dancing on her grave. Sick stuff," Vox journalist Aaron Rupar tweeted.

Jessica Shortall tweeted that the move was "Trumpism distilled. She said: "Republicans already have icons (like John McCain) who can't lionize anymore bc Trump says so, so now it's an exercise in Owning The Libs by stealing something of theirs to slap it onto someone who - no offense intended - hasn't earned the status yet. Sad."

Write Mark Harris added: "GOP feminism: All women are interchangeable and all you need to do is brand them."

The NRSC has been contacted for comment.

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Judge Amy Coney Barrett was nominated to the US Supreme Court by President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C. on September 26. Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images
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