Walmart is rescinding its support of Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) and requesting a refund of its campaign contribution due to her widely condemned comments about lynching and suppressing the liberal vote.
Hi Debra. Completely understand your concern. Sen. Hyde-Smith’s recent comments clearly do not reflect the values of our company and associates. As a result, we are withdrawing our support and requesting a refund of all campaign donations.
— Walmart (@Walmart) November 20, 2018
From its tweet, it seems that Walmart was moved to retract its support after actress Debra Messing tweeted that the corporation had donated to the Hyde-Smith campaign after her incendiary comments.
According to FEC filings, Walmart gave $2,000 to Hyde-Smith on Monday, November 18. Her joke about a public lynching went viral about a week before that. Her second major gaffe, concerning liberal voter disenfranchisement, became common knowledge about two days before Walmart’s donation.