The Hill reports:
Walmart is ending its financial support for Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) after video surfaced earlier this month of the senator saying she’d be in the “front row” of a “public hanging” if invited.
Walmart’s statement came in response to a tweet from actress Debra Messing who posted an article from Popular Information, which reported that the retail giant contributed $2,000 to Hyde-Smith’s campaign on Nov. 18, about a week after Hyde-Smith’s comments became public.
Walmart said it is also asking for Hyde-Smith, who is facing Democrat Mike Espy in a close runoff election on Nov. 27, to return its donation.
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