Last Updated on December 30, 2020
In a statement provided to National File, Walmart apologized to Sen. Josh Hawley for appearing to bash his decision to join the January 6 Electoral College challenge in a post on its official corporate Twitter account.
“The tweet was mistakenly posted by a member of our social media team who intended to publish this comment to their personal account,” wrote Walmart in a statement to National File. “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.”
Walmart did not note whether the individual responsible for posting the comment will face any form of repercussions for, apparently accidentally, using the retail giant’s verified account to score political points against Republicans fighting for President Trump.
On Hawley’s response to the original tweet, National File reported:
Hawley issued a response on Twitter, blasting the Walmart corporate Twitter account.
“Thanks @Walmart for your insulting condescension,” wrote Hawley. “Now that you’ve insulted 75 million Americans, will you at least apologize for using slave labor?”
In a subsequent tweet he 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.”
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
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) December 30, 2020
Originally, members of the political left celebrated what they believed to be a political endorsement from the corporate giant that describes itself as the “largest retailer in the world” and is the largest employer on the Fortune 500.