Sears and Kmart yanked T-shirts from their websites that called now-deceased Jan. 6 protester Ashli Babbitt an “American Patriot,” groveling after an explosive enraged outcry from leftists on social media.
The shirts were evidently listed by a third party and were priced between $19.99 and $21.99. There were also tank tops and sweatshirts that had the same message on them. Images of the shirts were being circulated on Twitter Tuesday. Social media users noted that the listings were allegedly online since Jan. 8, two days after the Capitol Hill riot when Babbitt was killed by an unidentified police officer.
Vox reporter Aaron Rupar complained about the novelty item on Twitter and, hours later on Tuesday evening, the items had been removed from both retailers’ websites. Links now go to a page that states, “We’re sorry, but that page is no longer available.” His tweet flagging the shirt occurred on the six-month anniversary of the Capitol riot.
“Thank you for bringing this product to our attention. This item is no longer available for purchase on http://Sears.com or http://kmart.com,” Sears tweeted Tuesday. Both chains are owned by Transformco.
— Sears (@Sears) July 6, 2021
The URL where Sears was selling Ashli Babbitt shirts now reads, “yikes” pic.twitter.com/30uOCcLIbU
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 7, 2021
The shirts also featured a faded black and white American flag.
While leftists were outraged over the clothing, Babbitt supporters called it “a perfect shirt.”
Babbitt has become a flashpoint after video captured graphic footage of the 35-year-old Air Force veteran being shot while attempting to climb through a broken glass door leading into the Speaker’s Lobby during the riot. The protester’s family, conservatives, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), and former President Trump are all demanding to know the identity of the police officer who shot and killed the unarmed woman.
Trump stated during a press conference on Wednesday that there was “no reason” for Babbitt to have been shot and killed. He remarked that many involved that day were being treated unfairly.
“The person that shot Ashli Babbitt — boom, right through the head,” Trump declared. “Just, boom. There was no reason for that. And why isn’t that person being opened up, and why isn’t that being studied? They’ve already written it off. They said that case is closed. If that were the opposite, that case would be going on for years and years, and it would not be pretty.”
He also alleged that he knows “exactly” who the officer is that shot the veteran that fateful day.
“Nobody knows who that man [was],” Trump stated. “If that were the opposite way, that man would be all over. He would be the most well-known — and I believe I can say ‘man,’ because I believe I know exactly who it is — but he would be the most well-known person in this country, in the world.”
Former Pres. Trump: "People are in prison [for Jan. 6th] and nothing happens to Antifa. They burn down cities and kill people. There were no guns in the Capitol except the gun that shot Ashli Babbitt … I believe I know exactly who it is."pic.twitter.com/iEf403mWDR
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) July 7, 2021
The former president made his remarks as he announced that he is filing lawsuits against U.S. social media companies following the suspension of his accounts. Trump is seeking to have them certified as class action lawsuits.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) July 8, 2021
In June, Babbitt’s family filed a lawsuit requesting the anonymous officer’s records, footage from the shooting, witness statements, and documents that the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) obtained during its investigation into the incident.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia stated in April that it would not be pursuing criminal charges against the officer.
The leftist hatred for Babbitt is way off the charts:
Kmart and Sears are selling a t-shirt that says "Ashli Babbitt was a patriot" so it looks like I'll have to continue to never shop there.
— Angela Belcamino (@AngelaBelcamino) July 6, 2021
Sears and Kmart are selling t-shirts that say Ashli Babbitt was a Patriot, and they wonder why they keep losing business and have to keep closing stores. SMFH.
— Amy Lynn🧦 (@AmyAThatcher) July 6, 2021
Babbitt was shot once in the shoulder by a Capitol police lieutenant while attempting to crawl through a broken window leading to the Speaker's Lobby outside the US House of Representatives' chamber. She wasn't crawling through glass to sing Kumbaya. Shame on Sears & KMart. https://t.co/Pd7e2e6Ccs
— Lesley Abravanel (@lesleyabravanel) July 6, 2021
Ashli Babbitt was a domestic terrorist and died a traitor. I would NEVER wear a shirt with her name on it.
— Mayo (@MayoIsSpicyy) July 7, 2021
Others had a different take:
If you're upset about an Ashli Babbitt shirt… just wait until you find out what Che Guevara did.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) July 7, 2021
BREAKING REPORT: Kmart And Sears Cave To Trolls, REMOVE Ashli Babbitt Shirt…
— Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) July 8, 2021
I applaud Kmart and Sears for carrying the Ashli Babbitt shirt in the first place, but I am extremely disappointed to see them cave and remove the product from their stores so quickly.
Why do businesses always cave to leftist Twitter trolls?
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) July 7, 2021
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