WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- American retailer Walmart was slammed by Trump supporters on Tuesday for a listing of a shirt for sale with a statement “ Impeach 45.”
- The slogan is an obvious reference to President Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States.
- With online outcries and protests, calling for a boycott, Walmart gave in and pulled shirts and other items that read “Impeach 45” from its website.
Trump supporters were furious, showing no signs of slowing down, as they call to boycott American chain Walmart using hashtag #BoycottWalmart. The cause of the outcries is a listing of merchandise for sale on its website—clothing items with a message “Impeach 45” printed on them.
“These items were sold by third-party sellers on our open marketplace, and were not offered directly by Walmart,” the retailer said in a statement to Fortune on Tuesday. “We’re removing these types of items pending review of our marketplace policies.”
This is nothing new to Walmart as the chain also made a similar statement last December when a journalist advocacy group called the retailer’s attention about some listing, too. The group informed Walmart that they were threatened by a T-shirt it found on the website reading, “Rope. Tree. Journalist. SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED.”
“This item was sold by a third-party seller on our marketplace and clearly violates our policy,” Walmart issued this statement in that incident. “We removed it as soon as it was brought to our attention, and are conducting a thorough review of the seller’s assortment.”
#BoycottWalmart has been trending on Twitter all day, starting off as a sounding board for conservatives who were offended by the range clothing, from sweatshirts to baby clothes that featured the message, Fortune wrote.
Aside from the hashtag #BoycottWalmart, Twitter was also swamped with debates among Trump supporters and haters.
A wide range of pro-Trump merchandise, including the popular “Make America Great Again” hats, are still being sold at Walmart.