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Sears, Kmart pull shirts that read, ‘Ashli Babbitt American Patriot’

Sears, Kmart pull shirts that read, ‘Ashli Babbitt American Patriot’

Retailers Kmart and Sears have taken down T-shirts that were available for sale on their websites that called Ashli Babbitt, the Capitol rioter who was killed on January 6, an “American Patriot.”

Images of the Sears listing of the shirt, which was available for purchase for between $19.99 and $21.99, circulated on Twitter Tuesday.

The shirts appeared to be listed by a third-party seller and were hosted on the retailers’ sites.

Some social media users noted that the Sears listing appeared to be up since Jan. 8, two days after rioters, including Babbitt, stormed the US Capitol.

Bouquets of flowers and the small candlelights vigil is made for Ashli Babbitt, who was fatally shot while she participated in the takeover of the US Capitol. Washington, DC, USA, on January 08, 2021.
Retailers Kmart and Sears have taken down T-shirts that were available for sale on their websites that called Ashli Babbitt an “American Patriot.”
Sipa USA via AP
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 07: Melody Black cries as she kneels by a makeshift memorial for Ashli Babbitt outside the United States Capitol on Thursday January 07, 2021 in Washington, DC. A pro-Trump mob broke into the U.S. Capitol Thursday. Babbitt was shot and killed Thursday.
After she died, Babbitt, an Air Force veteran from San Diego, has become something of a political flashpoint when it comes to the January 6 siege of the US Capitol.
The Washington Post via Getty Im

By Tuesday evening, the listings on Sears’ and Kmart’s websites had been taken down, and the links now direct visitors to a page that reads, “We’re sorry, but that page is no longer available.”

This undated driver's license photo from the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA), provided to AP by the Calvert County Sheriff's Office, shows Ashli Babbitt. Federal prosecutors will not charge a police officer who shot and killed Babbitt as she climbed through the broken part of a door during the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Authorities had considered for months whether criminal charges were appropriate for the Capitol Police officer who fatally shot Ashli Babbitt, a 35-year-old Air Force veteran from San Diego. The Justice Department’s decision, though expected, officially closes out the investigation.
Ashli Babbitt was killed on January 6 while raiding the Capitol.
AP

“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 wrote Tuesday evening from its official Twitter account.

Representatives for Transformco, which owns Sears and Kmart, did not immediately return The Post’s request for comment.

Babbitt, an Air Force veteran from San Diego, has become something of a political flashpoint when it comes to the January 6 siege of the US Capitol.

Babbitt’s husband has sued for the name of the officer who shot and killed Babbitt and even former President Donald Trump has questioned who killed Babbitt.

Babbitt, 35, was shot while trying to jump through a broken window into the Speaker’s Lobby of the Capitol and would’ve provided access to the House chambers.

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