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Walmart piles on in punishing GOP lawmakers who backed challenges to election results

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Walmart has joined a growing list of American corporations who have decided to stop contributing to Republican lawmakers who supported challenges to results in several battleground states following the Nov. 3 election.

Officials with the world’s biggest retailer said earlier this week that while the company reexamines its political giving every election cycle, the riot at the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 6 will factor in moving forward.

“As we conduct our review over the coming months, we will certainly factor last week’s events into our process,” spokesman Randy Hargrove told The New York Times on Sunday.

But on Tuesday, Hargrove said that Walmart “is indefinitely suspending contributions to those members of Congress who voted against the lawful certification of state Electoral College votes” — a group that only includes Republicans — the Times reported.

In deciding to only punish Republicans, Walmart joins a few other corporations including hotelier Marriott International, chemical company Dow, Airbnb, and investment firm Morgan Stanley.

Other companies including Google, Coca-Cola, and Goldman Sachs have decided to suspend donations to members of both parties following the Capitol riot.

Doug McMillon, Walmart’s CEO and chairman of Business Roundtable, an influential lobbying group, released a strong statement following the election saying, in part, that there wasn’t any indication that subsequent challenges or lawsuits would change Joe Biden’s apparent victory.

“Business Roundtable commends President Trump for a hard-fought campaign that has garnered over 70 million votes. We know the outcome is disappointing to his millions of supporters,” he said.

“While we respect the Trump campaign’s right to seek recounts, to call for an investigation of alleged voting irregularities where evidence exists and to exhaust legitimate legal remedies, there is no indication that any of these would change the outcome,” McMillon added.

Thus far, there is no evidence linking GOP opposition to some states’ electoral votes, to the riot at the U.S. Capitol Building last week.

In a lengthy monologue Tuesday, Fox News host Tucker Carlson railed at major U.S. corporations including the big tech giants, alleging they are colluding with the Democratic Party to silence conservatives and critics.

“People who had nothing to do with the violence in the U.S. Capitol are being punished for that violence, and that is repugnant and immoral and anti-American. It should shock our sensibilities,” Carlson said, adding that the tech giants are “fully aligned” with Democrats now.

He also criticized Democrats for redefining the term “insurrection.”

“…[A]ccording to a letter from Democrats in Congress, it is anyone who sympathizes with what happened on Wednesday. Think about that,” Carlson said. “Now you can oppose what happened at the Capitol … and you can still see this development for what it is. It’s terrifying lunacy.”

After suggesting that “no one is pushing back against it,” he said the country’s biggest corporations “have decided to radically expand the definition of what is now illegal.”

“Insurrection, according to this new definition, means questioning any part of last November’s election. So you thought that your birthright as an American was the right to ask questions, but not anymore. That’s now a crime,” said the host, adding that corporations suspending donations to Republicans did not do the same to Democrats when they objected to slates of electors in the 2000, 2004, and 2016 elections.

“In other words, dare to hire someone from the presidential administration–that’s many thousands of people– and we will destroy your business. That’s healthy and normal?” Carlson continued. “Something bigger is happening here, something we’ve never seen in the full course of American history.

“Corporations, which are now more powerful than they have ever been, ever, are colluding with one another and with the political class to silence any opposition, not to some ideal. They don’t have those,” he said.

Jon Dougherty

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