Walmart rebuked GOP Sen. Josh Hawley on Twitter for announcing his intention to object to the Electoral College certification.
Hawley announced on Wednesday his plan to object during the Jan. 6 joint session of Congress, and Walmart’s brand account responded by calling him a “#soreloser,” according to a screenshot of the tweet.
The now-deleted tweet reads: “Go ahead. Get your 2 hour debate. #soreloser,” Kyle Plotkin, Hawley’s chief of staff, tweeted at Walmart asking if the company can “explain this one?”
“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.”
Hawley, however, was quick to jump on the corporation for its error, also asking if the company would apologize for using Chinese slave labor.
Shortly after Hawley’s post criticizing the corporation, #BoycottWalmart began trending on Twitter, filled with posts slamming the company and threatening to take their business elsewhere.
Wal-Mart’s suppliers are mostly based in China. With some estimates at around 80% of their merchandise as being Made in China.