From the moment he was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump’s opponents have been desperately searching for grounds to impeach him on. Seizing on the opportunity to make profit at liberals’ expense, retailers are marketing extensive collections of anti-Trump merchandise.
Recently, Walmart was bombarded after customers became infuriated when it began selling clothing items containing slogans supporting the impeachment of Trump. In the midst of the uproar, Franklin Graham, son of the late evangelist Billy Graham, promoted a powerful alternative to Walmart’s divisive product offerings.
Ryan Fournier, a conservative activist, was one of the first people to stumble onto the unpatriotic Walmart clothing line. He did so when he found an “Impeach 45” baby jumper on Walmart’s website. On July 2, 2018, the activist tweeted, “@walmart why are you selling Impeach 45 baby clothes on your website????? What kind of message are you trying to send?”
The “Impeach 45” clothing items are manufactured by the Old Glory company. However, according to Breitbart, the Old Glory company is merely one of multiple retailers selling anti-Trump items on Walmart’s website. The retail giant, like numerous other businesses, sells merchandise from multiple vendors that it doesn’t always stock in its brick and mortar establishments. Walmart also sells pro-Trump items such as hats containing the slogan “Make America Great Again.”
Following the uproar from discontented customers, Walmart issued a statement in an attempt to distance itself from the controversial products.
“These items were sold by third-party sellers on our open marketplace and were not offered directly by Walmart,” the statement read. “We’re removing these types of items pending review of our marketplace policies.”
Reverend Franklin Graham responded to Walmart’s statement in a tweet, saying “Walmart was in the news for selling a t-shirt online that promotes ‘IMPEACH 45.’ They’re referring to President Donald J. Trump. That brought about a boycott against them, and rightfully so. I’m glad that they’ve now removed the shirts from their online store ‘pending review’—that’s a good move on their part.”
“In the meantime, we came up with a t-shirt to promote something that can really make a difference—PRAYER! You can order ‘PRAY for 45’ (1 Timothy 2:1-2) at the Billy Graham Bookstore, Ruth’s Attic,” the reverend added.
The sports team fashioned shirt is made from 100 percent cotton. It includes the timely Bible verses 1 Timothy 2:1-2, which urges Christians to pray for “all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.” On the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s website, the shirt is depicted as a visual “reminder to lift up our president in prayer.”
Unfortunately for Walmart, this isn’t the first time the retail giant has been chastised for selling offensive products. In December of 2017, Walmart faced scrutiny when people discovered it was selling merchandise designed for supporters of the vicious, socialist Antifa movement. Walmart also apologized last year for marketing clothing that seemingly advocated the hanging of journalists. The offensive t-shirt said, “Rope. Tree. Journalist. SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED.”
In 2015, Walmart decided to no longer sell merchandise with Confederate imagery, namely items decorated with the Confederate Battle Flag (better known as the “rebel flag”) on its website and in its stores. At the time, the retailer issued a statement which read “We never want to offend anyone with the products that we offer. We have taken steps to remove all items promoting the Confederate flag from our assortment — whether in our stores or on our website.” Walmart also apologized in 2015 for allowing one of its employees to bake a cake containing the ISIS flag on it.
Besides turning Walmart’s blunder into a positive message, Graham, a long-time supporter of Trump, recently called out Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Democrat- California, for a speech in which she encouraged people to disrupt the activities of Trump administration officials in their daily lives. In June of 2018, Waters said, “If you see anybody from that [Trump] Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd, and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”
~ 1776 Christian