Walmart apologizes after tweet ‘mistakenly’ calls Trump-backing Sen Josh Hawley a ‘sore loser’

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Walmart issued an apology to Senator Josh Hawley after its official Twitter account “mistakenly” called him a sore loser over his election objections.

The retail giant was called out by the Missouri Republican after its verified Twitter account appeared to go rogue and call him out following his announcement of plans to object to the certification of the Electoral College results in the Senate on January 6th.

Hawley announced on Wednesday that he wants lawmakers to investigate potential voter fraud in several states and to pass measures “to secure the integrity of our elections” moving forward. Hawley is the first GOP senator to openly join Republican House members who pledged to object to certifying the presidential election results when Congress meets next week, thus forcing a debate and vote in both the chambers of Congress.

Walmart’s official Twitter feed reacted to the senator’s tweet announcing: “Millions of voters concerned about election integrity deserve to be heard. I will object on January 6 on their behalf.”

(Image: KSDK screenshot)

“Go ahead. Get your 2 hour debate. #soreloser,” the retail giant posted in a since-deleted tweet that was captured in a screenshot by the Daily Beast’s political reporter Lachlan Markay, among others.

Kyle Plotkin, Hawley’s chief of staff, asked Walmart if it could “explain this one” in a tweet with a screenshot of the comment.

The senator himself also called out the company, tweeting: “Thanks ⁦@Walmart⁩ for your insulting condescension. Now that you’ve insulted 75 million Americans, will you at least apologize for using slave labor?”

“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,” Hawley added.

Walmart Inc.’s Twitter account soon responded to the senator with an apology.

“The tweet published earlier was mistakenly posted by a member of our social media team,” the reply stated. “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.”

Casey Staheli, Walmart’s senior manager, told the Washington Examiner that the tweet “was mistakenly posted by a member of our social media team who intended to publish this comment to their personal account.”

Not surprisingly, Walmart began trending on Twitter after the incident with many social media users wondering who the massive corporation allowed to run its official Twitter account.

Markay noted his “hunch” that it likely was not a rogue intern who was now likely fired over the tweet.

New York Post op-ed editor Sohrab Ahmari called out the “insulting” tweet as “perfectly telling.”

Many other reactions flooded the social media platform:

And it wasn’t long before #BoycottWalmart was trending on Twitter.

Frieda Powers

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