Bentonville, Arkansas, USA: “These items were sold by third-party sellers on our open marketplace and were not offered directly by Walmart. We’re removing these types of items pending review of our marketplace policies” retail giant Walmart announced Tuesday as it pulled third-party anti-Trump apparel from its online marketplace after the company faced a boycott from supporters of U.S. President Trump.
A spokesman for the company said that the company was removing “Impeach 45” clothing from the apparel company Old Glory from its online store, which allows third parties to submit items for sale.
The items sold by the company included a plain white t-shirt with “Impeach 45,” referring to Trump, emblazoned in white and blue lettering across the front.
The items were first pointed out by Ryan Fournier, chairman of the group Students for Trump, who pointed out the clothing on his Twitter account.
“What kind of message are you trying to send?” Fournier tweeted.
The tweet and others like it sparked the hashtag #BoycottWalmart, which was a top trend in the U.S. on Twitter for parts of Tuesday.
Wal-mart’s explanation and apology was noticed by Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale, who tweeted that there was “no reason to boycott” following Wal-Mart’s statement.
“No need to boycott. @Walmart has assured me that the merchandise will be down as soon as possible. It was not deliberate. Thank you @Walmart for doing the right thing!” he tweeted.
The product pages for the baby onesie and similar items were no longer active as of Tuesday afternoon. A search for “Impeach 45” on Walmart’s website also did not return any results.
Walmart did not respond to follow-up questions about how long such a review will take, if the items could be re-listed following the review, and whether other products featuring political messages will also be affected.
A search for “Make America Great Again” currently returns dozens of results for versions of Trump’s trademark red hat, as well as other products that are supportive of the president.
Wal-Mart has faced controversy over items on its third-party marketplace before, and last year issued a statement after a shirt appearing to urge violence against reporters was listed for sale on the site.