Walmart Boycotted After Selling “Impeach 45” Merch – Should Trump be Afraid and How Often Has Impeachment Happened in US History?

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A shirt reading “Impeach 45,” referring to President Trump, was being sold on Walmart’s website via a third-party seller. People took to Twitter to voice their frustration about the clothing, tweeting #BoycottWalmart.

Nexter.org explains what impeachment means and what other USA presidents faced it. 

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What is impeachment?

Impeachment is the process by which a standing US official is formally charged with “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors”, according to Article Two of the United States Constitution.

How does impeachment work?

The process begins with US Congress voting to impeach, which they may be encouraged to do by regular voters. If Congress passes the motion by a majority, it will appoint members to act as ‘prosecutors’ in the subsequent Senate process. Senators act as a jury on the president’s guilt, with the Attorney General as a judge.

Is Trump’s impeachment possible? 

The “Resistance” movement against President Donald Trump exists but recently it moved to the lew level after Walmart controversial merch.

The retail giant is selling “Impeach 45” and “Impeach Trump” baby and adult apparel for opponents of the controversial 45th president of the United States. But Walmart’s “resistance” appeal has met – for lack of a better term – resistance of its own.

On July 2, Ryan Fournier, a Trump advocate, set the Twitterverse abuzz with his discovery of Walmart’s clothing.

As the tweet became viral, Trump supporters took to the social media platform to voice their frustration, using the hashtag “#boycottWalmart.”

At the end, Walmart has pulled the controversial anti-Trump “Impeach 45” apparel from its website after receiving harsh feedback online.

Also, last year Brad Sherman, a Democrat congressman from California, became the first to launch official impeachment proceedings – although even he admitted it was a long way away.

The embattled president has described calls for his impeachment as “ridiculous”, saying he has done nothing to warrant criminal charges.

Here are presidents in US history who faced impeachment

Andrew Johnson

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Andrew Johnson was the first leader to go through the process in 1868. He was charged with breaching the Tenure of Office Act after he removed the US secretary of war, Edwin Stanton, from the cabinet.

Once the House of Representatives impeached Johnson on February 24, 1868, the case passed to the Senate. Had he been impeached there also, he would have been removed from office. Instead, after a two-month trial in the Senate he was acquitted by a margin of 35 guilty to 19 not guilty – one vote short of the two-thirds needed to convict.

He was, therefore, not removed from office and in 1926 the Supreme Court declared that the Tenure of Office Act had been invalid.

Bill Clinton

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The second president to be impeached was Bill Clinton over the extramarital affair he had with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. On August 17, however, he testified before a grand jury – the first time a sitting president had done so – and admitted live on television that he did indeed have an inappropriate relationship with her.

In the end, 50 voted to convict him for obstruction of justice and 45 found him guilty of perjury. No Democrats voted to convict him on either charge.

Richard Nixon

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Richard Nixon, to whom Mr Trump has frequently been compared in recent weeks, would almost certainly have become the third president to be impeached and would likely have been removed from office.

His White House had become engulfed by the Watergate scandal, in which his administration had tried to cover up its involvement in the break in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington.


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