Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri is not a man who pulls punches. As a strong supporter of nationalist populism and standing up for hardworking American families Hawley has just about had enough of arrogant multinational corporations talking down to the little man.
He made this crystal clear in a recent tussle with retail giant Wal-Mart.
Wal-Mart Calls Hawley a ‘Loser’
Hawley’s run in with Wal-Mart happened earlier this week when he brought up that he won’t be able to certify this year’s election results on Jan. 6 because of questions he still has about the legitimacy of Joe Biden’s victory and the failure of various states to follow the basics of their own election laws.
Wal-Mart apparently took offense and tweeted back at Hawley: “Go ahead. Get your 2 hour debate. #soreloser.”
Hawley’s original statement also took note of the stranglehold that Big Tech and large media corporations have in trying to influence and mold the opinions of the American people.
“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,” Hawley noted. “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.”
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
Wal-Mart Responds: Tweet was a ‘Mistake’
Wal-Mart has deleted the tweet and apologized, saying an employee meant to send it from their personal account.
“We apologize to Senator Hawley for this error and any confusion about our position,” said Wal-Mart PR person Casey Staheli.
Hawley was having none of it and hit back on the retail giant for its exploitative use of labor and disloyal monopoly that is forcing more and more small businesses to shut their doors.
Accusing Wal-Mart of “condescension” and insulting everyone who voted for Trump, Hawley demanded that the company “apologize for the pathetic wages you pay your workers as you drive mom and pop stores out of business.”
#BoycottWalmart started to trend on Twitter after Hawley lashed out, with many conservatives talking about how they are done with the store and also calling out its unfair business practices.
We Need More Republicans Like Hawley
Hawley hasn’t always been an economic populist, and had an unpopular position against the minimum wage in the past, but he’s quickly staked out territory as one of the new breed of Republicans who are willing to fight for working people against the reckless entitlement and political bias of many large corporations like Wal-Mart.
The fact that energy for a boycott of Wal-Mart picked up in the same day that Hawley tangled with the company shows the power of standing up for what you believe in even if it is a David vs. Goliath story.
No company has an exclusive right to dominate business in America and in a free market conservatives have the right to shop where they wish and to call out the slave labor conditions and unfair practices of giants like Wal-Mart, which has the power to lobby government and stay open during the pandemic that many smaller businesses do not have.
Wal-Mart has profited massively during the pandemic as people’s options for where to shop have narrowed. In fact, together Wal-Mart and Amazon have gained over $116 billion in profits during the pandemic which is $10.7 billion more than their 2019 profits. Have they passed that lucky jackpot on to employees or into even more price savings for Americans struggling to put food on the table? You can bet your bottom dollar they have not.
Good on Senator Hawley for calling out these pompous progressive goons.