Conservative lawmakers have slammed e-commerce giant Amazon for selling “Blue Lives Murder” clothing as America experiences an increase in ambush-style attacks on police.
Several Republican lawmakers gutted the online mall for selling clothes bearing the anti-cop slogan as police saw an increase in attacks on them – particularly ambush-type attacks – and nearly 130 officers were shot dead this year only.
The National Fraternal Order of Police, the country’s largest police union, says the “fund the police” movement and fiery rhetoric against cops has created a culture of disrespect.
Rep. Madison Cawthorn, RN.C., said the corporate “mockery” of the police is the opposite of the values America stands for.
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“The callous attitude of contempt and derision towards law enforcement projected by corporate media and big business runs counter to all concepts of Americanism,” Cawthorn told Fox News in a statement Wednesday.
“In this country, we must honor and respect those who walk to the beat, who wear the badge and risk their lives for us,” he continued. “When a burglar breaks into your home, it is a law enforcement officer who intervenes. We sleep peacefully at night because good men are watching at the door.”
“There is nothing ‘awake’ about mocking law enforcement,” the congressman added. “It is false, clear and simple.”
Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, told Fox News Wednesday that it was “appalling” that a company would use “vile language” against the police.
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“Any salesman financially benefiting from despicable language against law enforcement is appalling. Awakened culture turns out to be a cash cow that further divides our country,” Sessions said. “I am for the rule of law and for supporting the brave men and women in blue.”
Texas Republican Representative, Sessions member Pat Fallon, warned that demonizing the police would “demoralize” officers and said companies that “censor” Tories should face responsibility.
“When you demonize the police, you will demoralize the police. The police are our hero. As citizens, we are not free when we are not safe,” Fallon said. “We pay them to put themselves in danger to protect us and our families, and they do a phenomenal job.”
“Awakened companies that promote false law enforcement narratives and censor conservative rhetoric should be held accountable,” he continued.
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Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., Tweeted that Amazon’s sale of merchandise accusing police of murder and simultaneous censorship of conservative editors is “unacceptable. “
“Amazon sells ‘Blue Lives Murder’ clothing – merchandise with a bogus and blatantly inflammatory message – but censors conservative publishers for their political ideology,” Buck wrote. “This is unacceptable.”
When asked to comment on reviews about why the company was selling the controversial garments, an Amazon spokesperson told Fox News that the company offered customers a plethora of views on its products and that consumers could express their views on certain products through reviews.
“As a retailer, we provide our customers with access to a variety of perspectives through books, videos and products,” the spokesperson said. “We strive to provide our customers with the widest choice possible, and we do not endorse the content of any particular book, video, or product.”
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“We understand that some customers may find certain products objectionable, and we offer a variety of ways for customers to engage and express their views, including through product reviews,” the Amazon spokesperson continued. .
The Detectives’ Endowment Association sent a letter to Amazon CFO Brian Olsavsky warning him that the “Blue Lives Murder” clothing puts law enforcement officers “in danger and danger”.
“It has come to my attention that your website sells t-shirts (sic) and other items featuring the words ‘Blue Lives Murder'”, the letter Lily. “It’s disheartening that your business allows this disgusting motto on your sales platform,”
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The online retail giant has also come under fire for releasing a documentary about Conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and removing a book about transgender from their business shelves.