Walmart Facing Calls for Boycott After Controversial Social Media Post

by Keeli Parkey
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Walmart is apologizing for a recent tweet about U.S. Senator Josh Hawley. The tweet was a response to his position on the election of Joe Biden as president of the United States. However, the store’s apology has not stopped some from calling for a boycott of the national retail chain.

On Wednesday, Hawley tweeted a statement regarding his intentions to object to the upcoming Electoral College Certification process for the election of Joe Biden as president of the United States.

“Millions of voters concerned about election integrity deserve to be heard. I will object January 6 on their behalf,” a comment accompanying the tweeted statement said.

Hawley’s statement cites what he sees as the failure of some states, such as Pennsylvania to “follow their own state elections laws.” He also argues that Twitter and Facebook interfered in the 2020 presidential election.

Shortly thereafter, the official Twitter account for Walmart replied to Hawley. The tweet said: “Go ahead. Get your 2 hour debate. #soreloser.”

The tweet has since been deleted. However, that has not stopped controversy from arising. Accordingly, Kyle Plotkin, Hawley’s chief of staff, responded to the tweet in question, saying “Hi @Walmart. Can you explain this one?”

Hawley, who represents Missouri, also responded on his Twitter account with: “Thanks @Walmart for your insulting condescension. Now that you’ve insulted 75 million Americans, will you at least apologize for using slave labor?”

And with: “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 Says #Soreloser Tweet ‘Mistakenly Posted’

According to a report by the Washington Examiner, Walmart’s #soreloser tweet was a mistake.

“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.”

However, Walmart’s apology has failed to satisfy many of its shoppers as calls for a boycott began sweeping across social media. #BoycottWalmart was trending on Twitter Wednesday afternoon.

For instance, Twitter user @camhenry11 voiced his displeasure with the store, saying: “This is absolutely insane. Walmart being overtly political and calling Senator Josh Hawley a ‘sore loser’ for being concerned about elected integrity. Good to know which side they are on! #BoycottWalmart.”

On the other hand, some individuals argued for a boycott of Walmart for reasons other than the “mistakenly posted” tweet.

Hawley is, according to the Washington Examiner, the first Republican senator to voice his plans to object to certifying the election of Joe Biden as president of the United States. In addition, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is also a Republican, has asked his fellow party members not to object to certifying the results. Despite McConnell’s stance, it appears that Hawley is moving forward with his objection.

Consequently, Wednesday is not the first time shoppers have talked about boycotting Walmart. For example, boycotts were called for during the 2019 holiday shopping season. That year, reports circulated that the national chain wasn’t paying its employees extra to work on Thanksgiving.

Outsider.com