Walmart removes 'Impeach Trump' apparel after boycott threats

Outcry after

Walmart removes 'Impeach Trump' apparel after boycott threats

The retailer (WMT, +0.98%) is facing calls for a boycott after supporters of President Donald Trump discovered a shirt for sale readying "Impeach 45".

While the 13 products, ranging in price from $11.95 to $24.90 were still searchable on Walmart's website on Tuesday morning, each individual item led consumers to a "Sorry..."

"These items were sold by third-party sellers on our open marketplace and were not offered directly by Walmart", a company spokesperson told Yahoo Lifestyle.

But the accusations miss a crucial fact about how Walmart runs its website, or more specifically, its third-party marketplace, where the items appeared.

As some noted, though, the choice of items on Walmart's website doesn't betray any clear political bias; the retailer sells plenty of pro-Trump merchandise and it sells merchandise that opposes Hillary Clinton, as well.

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The T-shirts weren't being sold by Walmart itself, but by third-party sellers including Old Glory and Teespring Inc.

Walmart in 2017 also removed shirts with the phrase "Rope".

The apparel advocating for the impeachment of President Trump was slammed by Ryan Fournier, chairman of Students for Trump, who tweeted at the company, "What kind of message are you trying to send?"

It's unclear whether these are one-off incidents, or whether Walmart is systematically removing anti-Trump paraphernalia from the site. Walmart didn't immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment. Last February, some Trump supporters vowed to take their money elsewhere after Nordstrom dropped Ivanka Trump's clothing line; other groups have gone after Breitbart and Laura Ingraham's advertisers while United Airlines, Best Western, MetLife and other companies cut ties with the National Rifle Association.

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