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Amazon pulling merchandise from site that says 'stand back' and 'stand by'

Amazon pulling merchandise from site that says 'stand back' and 'stand by'
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Amazon and other online stores on Wednesday reportedly stopped the sale of shirts and other products displaying “stand back” and “stand by,” as well as the logo for the far-right extremist group Proud Boys. 

Groups started selling the products after President TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump, Jared Kusher's lawyer threatens to sue Lincoln Project over Times Square billboards Facebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' MORE said the phrases during Tuesday night’s presidential debate in response to moderator Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceChris Wallace teases Sunday interview with 'bestie' Ice Cube Five takeaways from the final Trump-Biden debate Chris Wallace says he was 'jealous' of moderator watching final debate between Trump and Biden MORE asking if Trump would be willing to condemn white supremacists.

The president responded, “sure,” although he never explicitly condemned the group after this. 

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“Almost everything I see is from the left wing, not from the right wing,” Trump responded. 

Trump asked Fox News’s Wallace to “give me a name,” then Biden chimed in and noted the Proud Boys, a group that the Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled a hate group.

“Proud Boys — stand back and stand by,” Trump said, scowling and turning to Biden. 

Following the debate, T-shirts, tank tops and other products with the verbiage and the Proud Boys insignia appeared on Amazon and Teespring, a website that allows users to create and sell their own merchandise.

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An Amazon spokesperson confirmed to The Hill on Thursday that these products had been removed and said in a statement, "All sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who do not will be subject to action including potential removal of their account." 

According to its website, Amazon’s policy states that "prohibited listings" include “products that contain violent or offensive material that has no historical significance,” as well as those that “promote, incite, or glorify hate or violence towards any person or group.”

Teespring also confirmed that it had taken down products with the phrase from its website. 

"It has come to our attention that content promoting hate and violence has been circulating on Teespring," the company told CBS MoneyWatch. "We have no interest in profiting off hate or violence, and in this case we immediately removed the designs as they violate our policies."

Trump did eventually say that the Proud Boys should “stand down” on Wednesday after intense criticism over his debate remarks. 

"I don't know who the Proud Boys are," Trump told reporters when departing for a campaign trip to Minnesota. "I can only say they have to stand down. Let law enforcement do their work."

However, Trump then tried to shift the conversation to his repeated claims that "the problem is on the left," calling on Biden to condemn antifa, a loosely affiliated collection of left-wing protesters.