Walmart removes "Impeach 45" merchandise after boycott from Trump supporters
Walmart is the superstore that has everything - employees that don't make a living wage, a reputation for hurting local communities, child labor in foreign countries. (Well, according to critics, anyway.) But you know what? No matter how much you disagree with the company's policies, you can't resist the siren call of those low, low prices. Everything is so cheap!
I've shopped at Walmart before, but I've never checked out the clothing section. I had no idea their apparel was so controversial. Recently it was reported they sold a T-shirt hinting at lynching journalists. The shirt's message read, "Rope. Tree. Journalist. SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED." To quote the title of Kanye West's new single: "Yikes." After the shooting at a Maryland newspaper, in which five journalists were killed, Walmart faced a furious backlash and pulled the shirt from shelves. (Good idea.)
Now the superstore's embroiled in another clothing controversy. Trump supporters started boycotting Walmart for selling merchandise with the message, "Impeach 45." 45, of course, refers to Donald Trump, the 45th, and possibly last president. The merch included bumper stickers, magnets, coffee mugs, frisbees, and clothing for adults and children. Is your baby closely following FBI special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference during the 2016 election? Then get the kid an "Impeach 45" onesie!
Trumps fans excoriated Walmart Twitter. One user wrote, "Old man Sam, who created Walmart, is rolling over in his grave right now! #BoycottWalmart until they fix this liberal crap!" Another user commented, "A corp such as yours should not take a political stance one way or the other. Bad business decision on your part You just alienated a huge demographic." Indeed, aren't Trump supporter's Walmart's main demographic?
It is not clear if the Trump supporters knew Walmart also sold merchandise promoting the impeachment of Barack Obama and Richard Nixon. And it is not clear if they knew Walmart sold pro-Donald Trump merchandise. It looks like if Walmart is "biased" toward anything, it's making money off of easily manipulated fanatics on both sides who treat politics like sports.
Well, the boycott just started, but it's already a success. Walmart announced they removed the offending third-party political merchandise, for the left and the right. Personally I am devastated, because I was really hoping to get an "Impeach 29" onesie. (The 29th president was Warren G. Harding. He was a total disaster!)
"These items were sold by third party sellers on our open marketplace, and were not offered directly by Walmart," a spokesperson told the BBC. "We're removing these types of items pending review of our marketplace policies."
That was fast, wasn't it? Well, if you feel you like you missed out on the Walmart boycott, don't worry. You can still protest over other alleged problems, like crippling wages, environmental destruction, and "actually having more than one cashier for 30 registers."