Walmart apologizes for ‘sore loser’ tweet after Hawley lights them up over ‘slave labor’
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) was the object of a rogue attack by Walmart’s corporate Twitter account on Wednesday. In a now-deleted tweet, they called him a “sore loser” after he said he would object to certifying the Electoral College results on January 6. Hawley torched Walmart over the smear and fired back at the corporation: “Thanks @Walmart for your insulting condescension. Now that you’ve insulted 75 million Americans, will you at least apologize for using slave labor?”
This whole incident was triggered on Wednesday when Hawley became the first U.S. senator to declare his intention to object to the Electoral College certification of Joe Biden. Hawley wrote on Wednesday, “Millions of voters concerned about election integrity deserve to be heard. I will object on January 6 on their behalf.”
Walmart’s slam was obviously in response to Hawley’s statement on certification:
“Following both the 2004 and 2016 elections, Democrats in Congress objected during the certification of electoral votes in order to raise concerns about election integrity. They were praised by Democratic leadership and the media when they did,” Hawley stated. “And they were entitled to do so. But now those of us concerned about the integrity of this election are entitled to do the same.”
“I cannot vote to certify the electoral college results on January 6 without raising the fact that some states, particularly Pennsylvania, failed to follow their own state election laws,” Hawley continued. “And I cannot vote to certify without pointing out the unprecedented effort of mega corporations, including Facebook and Twitter, to interfere in this election, in support of Joe Biden.”
“At the very least, Congress should investigate allegations of voter fraud and adopt measures to secure the integrity of our elections. But Congress has so far failed to act,” he asserted.
“For these reasons, I will follow the same practice Democrat members of Congress have in years past and object during the certification process on January 6 to raise these critical issues,” concluded Hawley.
To that statement, Walmart responded: “Go ahead. Get your 2 hour debate,” along with the hashtag “#soreloser.”
Walmart is known for its Chinese inventory produced by cheap slave factory labor to keep prices low. A practice that was not tolerated when Sam Walton, the founder, was alive.
Hawley’s chief of staff, Kyle Plotkin, also wrote, “Hi @Walmart. Can you explain this one?”
Walmart did respond to Hawley, but it rings hollow and millions of Americans took notice of what transpired. They stated, “The tweet published earlier was mistakenly posted by a member of our social media team. We deleted 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.”
The tweet published earlier was mistakenly posted by a member of our social media team. We deleted 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.
— Walmart Inc. (@WalmartInc) December 30, 2020
But they did not mention whether the employee was fired or not.
The hashtag #BoycottWalmart began trending shortly after Walmart’s initial tweet. The politically tainted tweet will almost surely impact their bottom line.
OANN journalist Jack Posobiec pointed out that the American Manufacturing Alliance estimates that Chinese suppliers make up 70 to 80 percent of Walmart’s merchandise, with less than 20 percent for American-made products.
Walmart just outright attacked a US Senator standing up for the American people
80% of Walmart's suppliers are in the People's Republic of China pic.twitter.com/ZklOh9scxm
— Jack Posobiec ?? (@JackPosobiec) December 30, 2020
In a follow-up tweet, Hawley added: “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.”
On Jan. 6, Congress will meet in a joint session to certify the results of the Electoral College vote, which President-elect Joe Biden won 306 to President Donald Trump’s 232. According to the Congressional Research Service, when the certificate or papers documenting each state’s electoral votes is read during the session, the president of the Senate (Vice President Pence) will call for objections, if there are any. An objection may be made by presenting the Senate president with a written document signed by one member of the House of Representatives and one member of the Senate listing the grounds for their objection. At that point, the joint session will be suspended and each house of Congress will consider the objection separately. Both houses must agree to the objection by simple majority vote, otherwise, it will fail and the electoral votes will be counted.
SENATOR JOSH HAWLEY (R-MO) JOINS 30+ CONGRESSMEN IN OBJECTING to electoral college vote submissions from states with such flawed election systems as to render their election results untrustworthy.
BAM! The fight for America’s Republic IS ON!
WATCH JANUARY 6, STARTING 1PM ET. pic.twitter.com/vjcUW9ec6U
— Mo Brooks (@RepMoBrooks) December 30, 2020
The move to stop certification is almost certain to fail. But the effort by Mo Brooks, Hawley, and many others will force Republicans to go on record concerning whether they support President Trump and his claims of voter fraud or not.
Hawley is a staunch advocate for small business and has been one of the most vocal Republican critics of massive corporations such as Amazon, which Hawley has suggested is acting as a “monopoly.” He has also been critical of the “Big Tech monopolists,” highlighting their concentrated power, continued censorship of conservative voices, and influence in the 2020 presidential election.
“That insulting [Walmart] tweet to a sitting Republican senator (Josh Hawley) was perfectly telling: Corporate elites, and the people who do comms/messaging for them, fear and revile the common-good, national-conservative vision Hawley embodies,” commented New York Post op-ed editor Sohrab Ahmari.
Connecticut Sen. Christopher Murphy (D) claimed Hawley is attempting to “turn America into a state akin to Russia or China,” while Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen called him “grossly irresponsible.”
Hawley is “undermining even more public confidence in our democratic process and siding with the false Trump narrative,” Van Hollen said in a CNN interview earlier in the day.
“First of all, I don’t hear the Democrats making such outrageous claims when they were the ones who were objecting during the electoral college certification in 2004 and 2016. Democrats have done this for years to raise concerns about election integrity,” Hawley said on Fox News. “Now when Republicans and 74 million Americans have concerns about election integrity, we are supposed to sit down and shut up? Somebody has to stand up here.”