Walmart apologized to Sen. Josh Hawley on Wednesday after a tweet from their official twitter account called the Missouri lawmaker a “sore loser.”
The retailer blamed a member of its social media team for the since-deleted snarky tweet, saying the employee had intended to send it from their personal account.
On Wednesday, Josh Hawley tweeted saying that he would object to Joe Biden’s victory at the Electoral College certification process in the Senate on January 6th.
Walmart then responded to the tweet, writing: “Go ahead. Get your 2 hour debate. #SoreLoser.”
“Thanks @Walmart for your insulting condescension. Now that you’ve insulted 75 million Americans, will you at least apologize for using slave labor?” he tweeted.
“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 issued a fast response to Hawley, tweeting, “The tweet published earlier was mistakenly posted by a member of our social media team. We deleted 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 declined to comment on Hawley’s criticisms of the company’s labor practices.
Several House Republicans had already expressed interest in challenging the results. With Hawley’s approval from the Senate, the effort now has enough support to force a debate on the issue in both chambers of Congress.
Josh Hawley has became the first senator to commit to challenging the results of the election in six states.