Conservatives Try To Co-Opt Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Legacy With “Notorious ACB” Merch
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a legend in her own time. Her work for women’s rights has left a lasting impact on the United States of America, and during her tenure as a Supreme Court Justice, she was given the nickname “Notorious RGB” by a law student. Now, Republicans who see Ginsburg’s popularity and icon status as a powerful force are trying to co-opt that status without doing the work.
According to Bustle, a law student gave RBG the nickname in 2013, for her strong dissent in a voting rights case. In 2013 Ginsburg had been on the Supreme Court for two decades, following more than a decade on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and while her dissent in Shelby County v. Holder was the specific inspiration for the nickname, it was hardly the only important case she’d weighed in on by then.
RBG put in the time earning her reputation.
Now, conservatives see the market value in that reputation, and the result is this.
— WinRed (@WINRED) September 26, 2020
Amy Coney Barrett, Donald Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court, hasn’t yet been confirmed. She certainly has her own background in the legal profession — she clerked for Antonin Scalia, has been a professor of law, and has spent three years as a Federal Appeals Court judge, according to the BBC.
However, it’s far from the decades of judicial work that made Ruth Bader Ginsburg “notorious.”
Senate Republicans are, of course, eating it up. They’ve shared the “Notorious ACB” merchandise link from their official Twitter account.
Republicans have been called out for hypocrisy and an attempted — and likely successful — “power grab” by seating a nominee in the last weeks before the election, after arguing that Barack Obama didn’t have the authority to do so in the last year of his presidency, and refusing to even give his nominee the courtesy of a vote. Now they’re caught trying to gift a lifetime legacy that Ruth Bader Ginsburg earned, to their nominee before she’s even seated.