Amazon has recently terminated its hosting contract with Parler, saying that language that users posted on the social media platform might “incite violence.”
However, the tech giant hosts merchants on the platform selling products that most would say could incite violence — among those are shirts that read, “Kill All Republicans,” or mugs that read, “Where is Lee Harvey Oswald now that we really need him?”
According to Amazon’s terms of service, the company “does not allow products that promote, incite or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual or religious intolerance or promote organizations with such views. We’ll also remove listings that graphically portray violence or victims of violence.”
Despite that, according to Breitbart, the Media Research Center found at least 204 examples of products being sold on Amazon that promote violence — most of which target President Trump, the Republicans, and law enforcement.
One of the most common products that could “incite violence” on the platform are t-shirts. For example, a black t-shirt sold by the vendor Florence & Partner reads, “Kill All Republicans.” Another t-shirt is entitled, “Municipal Waste Donald Trump The Only Walls We Build are Walls of Death,” which features President Trump’s image of killing himself with a handgun.
Another product on Amazon is a coffee mug that reads, “Where is Lee Harvey Oswald now that we really need him?” with “Trump” featured in the merchandise title.
Additionally, a more “creative” product is the “Donald Trump Knife Rack,” which is marketed as “the perfect gift,” featuring President Trump’s head filled with steak knives. It’s also labeled as “the exceptional conversation starter.”
For Halloween, a decoration sold on Amazon is a decoration that resembles President Trump’s decapitated head. “Be terrified of this life-size decapitated dead zombie head and its mangled face and bloody neck,” reads the listing.
On January 6, one of the deaths included police officer Brian Sicknick’s. Despite that, Amazon has more than a hundred products being sold on its platform that contain the slogan, ACAB, which is an acronym that stands for “All Cops Are Bastards.” It’s a popular rallying cry of left-wing rioters.
While Amazon lets merchants sell products that violate its own terms of service, the tech giant accused Parler of hosting content that may “incite violence,” only to justify knocking the site offline.
Parler claimed that Amazon’s decision to boot the site was not motivated by a concern for public safety but rather “political animus.” After all, Amazon removed Parler just two days after Twitter had permanently banned President Trump from its platform.