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Walmart is requesting a refund of its $2,000 donation to Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith in the race for the US Senate in Mississippi, after actress Debra Messing publicly chastised the retail giant for funding her campaign.
Hyde-Smith had been the heavy favorite in the Nov. 27 runoff against Democrat Mike Espy until she made a joke about a “public hanging.” Hyde-Smith is white; Espy is black.
The article goes on to state the following:
Hyde-Smith drew laughs and applause at a recent campaign event when she gushed about how highly she thought of a supporter, saying: “If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row.”
Messing, who stars on “Will & Grace,” pointed out to her Twitter followers that “after lynching comments, Walmart donates to Cindy Hyde Smith.”
“Hi Debra. Completely understand your concern,” Walmart’s Twitter account responded. “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.”
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
“If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row”- Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith says in Tupelo, MS after Colin Hutchinson, cattle rancher, praises her.
Hyde-Smith is in a runoff on Nov 27th against Mike Espy. pic.twitter.com/0a9jOEjokr
— Lamar White, Jr. (@LamarWhiteJr) November 11, 2018
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— New York Post (@nypost) November 20, 2018