Republican senator Josh Hawley on Wednesday got into a war of words with Walmart after the retail giant called him a “sore loser” for announcing his intention to challenge President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral victory.
Hawley’s late-minute hail-mary is the latest Republican effort to delegitimize the 2020 election, which election officials, Democrats and many Senate Republicans have acknowledged as a Biden victory.
Following Hawley’s announcement, Walmart’s Twitter account responded, “Go ahead. Get your 2 hour debate. #soreloser,” in a since-deleted tweet.
In response, Hawley shared a screenshot of the tweet, blasting Walmart for what he called “insulting condescension.”
“Now that you’ve insulted 75 million Americans, will you at least apologize for using slave labor?” Hawley wrote. “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.”
Walmart’s Twitter account later apologized, saying its earlier tweet “was mistakenly posted by a member of our social media team.”
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) December 30, 2020
Walmart declined a Daly Boulder request for comment.