After journalists complain, Walmart stops selling t-shirts encouraging lynching of journalists

After journalists complain, Walmart stops selling t-shirts encouraging lynching of journalists
Image: Screen grab via The Hill

[Ed. – Whew, that was close!]

Visitors to Walmart’s website could purchase a shirt calling for violence against journalists, up until the retail giant took the shirt down on Thursday.

“Rope. Tree. Journalist. Some assembly required,” the back of the shirt available on their website read, a reference to hanging journalists.

The shirt was only removed from Walmart’s website after the Radio Television Digital News Association sent a letter to the retailer about the shirt, according to the group.

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The shirt made headlines last year when a Trump supporter was spotted wearing it at a Trump rally in Minnesota days before the 2016 election.

“As a fierce proponent of the First Amendment that is politically nonpartisan, we recognize Walmart’s right to sell the T-Shirts, and the right of consumers to purchase and wear them,” the group’s executive director Dan Shelley wrote in his letter to the retailer. “However, just because Walmart has the right to sell the shirts, that doesn’t mean it is the right thing to do.”

Within five hours of Shelley sending his letter to Walmart, the company removed the shirt from its site, according to the association.

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