As the hashtag #BoycottWalmart trends on social media, the Walmart is apologizing to U.S. Senator Josh Hawley.
The company now says that an employee “accidentally” used the company’s account to post a now-deleted tweet criticizing the post-election effort to expose alleged fraud and ballot tampering.
“The tweet was mistakenly posted by a member of our social media team who intended to publish this comment to their personal account,” Casey Staheli, Walmart’s senior manager, told the Washington Examiner. “We have removed the post and have no intention of commenting on the subject of certifying the electoral college. We apologize to Senator Hawley for this error and any confusion about our position.”
— Kyle Plotkin (@kjplotkin) December 30, 2020
An employee in the company’s communications and public relations department had tweeted, “Go ahead. Get your 2-hour debate. #soreloser.”The tweet was in reference to news that Hawley would use his constitutional authority in the Senate to object to the Jan. 6 certification of the election results. As of Sunday, leading Senators have joined the effort as well as a reported 144 House Republicans. The move comes as a majority of Americans continue to doubt the validity of the election that saw Pennsylvania Democrat leaders change election laws just weeks before the Nov. 3 election without the approval of the legislature which the state constitution requires.
Hawley, who maintains high approval ratings in his state, was the first among several senators to join Republican legislators in objecting to the certification. That will require lawmakers to debate and vote on their objections
Hawley, who is known for cutting through the headlines to call out big tech and corporate power, sent out a sharp tweet of his own, reminding Americans of Walmart’s horrendous use of slave labor in China and other companies.
“Thanks @Walmart for your insulting condescension. Now that you’ve insulted 75 million Americans, will you at least apologize for using slave labor?” he asked in a thread, adding, “Or maybe you’d like to apologize for the pathetic wages you pay your workers as you drive mom and pop stores out of business.”
Walmart’s PR nightmare comes after several other faux pas in recent years, including fumbling the removal of guns from shelves in ahead of the Nov. 3 election.
Federal election records show Walmart’s younger generation of owners donated heavily to the Presidential campaign of Joe Biden in the 2020 election.
–Metro Voice and wire services