A Mexican restaurant in Rhode Island wasn’t prepared for the intense backlash they faced for selling offensive anti-Trump T-shirts.
Printed on the back of the shirts was “86 45.”
The owner of Amigos Taqueria y Tequila says the phrase means to get rid of or replace President Donald Trump.
“Wendy Carr, owner of Amigos Taqueria y Tequila in Westerly, said the business sold shirts with the logo “86 45” printed on the back to raise money for political candidates. According to The Westerly Sun, which first reported the story, restaurant staff wore the shirts on Election Day this year,” Fox News reported.
However, in the gang world to “86” someone means to “murder” them, according to Republican state Sen. Elaine Morgan.
"To ‘86’ or ‘Deep 6’ a person means to murder them,” Morgan told NBC 10. “Calling for the murder of anyone is wrong. Calling for the murder of our president is not only wrong but also treasonous. The right thing to do for any responsible citizen would be to call attention to and try to put a stop to this blatant incitement of violence.”
The restaurant was quickly hit with an avalanche of criticism and angry Trump supporters. But Carr claimed the phrase is not meant to encourage violence.
"I would never advocate for harm of violence in any way,” Carr said in response to the backlash. “The T-shirt was clearly always had the message of, ‘Impeach the president.’”
In a message on the restaurant’s website, Carr apologized to any customers who interpreted the shirts as a call to violence.
“I am deeply troubled that as an elected state official, Elaine Morgan, would make up a malicious story about Amigos and call for a boycott of a local business solely because I, the owner, have a different political view than herself. I apologize to everyone that was led to believe her lie and hope that this explanation clears up any misunderstanding of our intent,” the statement said.
The statement added, "We would like to thank our friends and loyal customers for standing by us during this time. We always like to stay focused on the positive and this is seen by all the new patrons that have come to show their support! Thank YOU! All are always welcome at Amigos regardless of political view and we look forward to serving you soon!"
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