T-shirts inspired by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's "such a nasty woman" comment on Democrat Hillary Clinton in Wednesday night's debate were flying off internet retailers' shelves, offering a possible hint on the November 8 election result, Reuters reported on Friday.
Sellers said on Thursday that demand came swiftly and was unrivaled minutes after the final debate ended."I have had nonstop orders since last night,"
Pennsylvania part-time graphic designer Naheed Snyder said of her T-shirt, designed simply with the words "Nasty women vote,"
selling on Etsy. "It's unbelievable how well this one has done... there's no comparison,"
Merchandise retailers typically see a profit boost during election season as voters on both sides seek to wear support for their candidates, particularly around conventions, voting and this year, debates.
Merchandise promoting the Republican candidate was steadily higher earlier in the race, said Maheesh Jain, co-founder of online customizable merchandise retailer CafePress. Some of the most popular items included the slogans "I am a deplorable"
and "Hillary for prison."
At a fundraiser in September, Clinton said Trump had given voice to hateful rhetoric through his behavior as a candidate, and that "you can put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the 'basket of deplorables.'"
The following day she said she regretted saying "half"
and that she had been "grossly generalistic."
In the last two weeks, after the release of Trump's 2005 lewd remarks toward women and an onslaught of women accusing him of sexual harassment or assault, the items have declined in popularity. Trump has apologized for the remarks and denied the accusations.
Sales of pro-Clinton merchandise last week were 53.5 percent higher than for Trump.
After the third and final presidential debate on Wednesday, Trump's "nasty woman"
comment gave life to a new merchandise line aimed at assailing him."If Hillary Clinton is a nasty woman for being most likely our next president, maybe that's not such a bad thing,"
said Amanda Brinkman, who runs the online feminist-centered accessory shop Google Ghost. "Maybe that's something you should wear as a badge of honor."
Brinkman's "Nasty Woman"
T-shirt, featuring the phrase with a heart around it, sold more than 6,000 times since she designed and posted it during Wednesday's debate.