Republicans were once considered the party of big business.
These days, the Left has managed to capture the culture of even many of the world’s biggest corporations.
But Senator Tom Cotton just put woke CEOs on notice. And what he told them just destroyed the biggest racket in the business world.
Most CEOs of major American corporations are locked into a weird leftist popularity contest.
Kroger Chair and CEO Rodney McMullin is no exception.
McMullin settled a lawsuit after two former Arkansas employees were fired for refusing to wear an apron with a “pride” symbol on it.
In fact, he’s gone so far off the leftist cliff he’s even complained that a heart symbol with various colors on it was not supportive of the LGBT community – even though it was introduced during pride month.
When McMullin appeared before a Senate committee in hopes of getting the green light for his $25 billion merger with grocery chain Albertsons, Republican Senator Tom Cotton took the opportunity to lay into him and other woke CEOs who come running to Republicans when they need relief from overregulation from Democrats.
“I’ve cautioned them for years that if they silence conservatives and center-right voters . . . if they discriminate against them in their company, they probably shouldn’t come and ask Republican senators to carry the water for them whenever our Democratic friends want to regulate them or block their mergers,” he said during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.
Cotton also roasted McMullen over a company guide that demands employees stop using “sir” and “ma’am” as part of the company’s over-the-top effort to “be inclusive for everybody with different beliefs.”
“Do you really expect 72-year-old employees in rural areas of Arkansas to stop using words like ‘sir’ and ‘ma’am’?” Cotton quizzed him.
If the merger between the two grocery chains is completed it will create a massive company.
Kroger already runs 2,800 stores in 35 states operating under 28 different names including Fred Meyer, Ralphs, King Soopers, and Harris Teeter.
Meanwhile, Albertsons has 2,273 retail stores including both grocery stores and a pharmacy.
Albertsons operates stores with 24 different brand names including Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen, Carrs, Kings Food Markets, and Balducci’s.
Albertsons is suffering from its own kind of corporate stupidity coming under fire when it fired a store manager of 30-years because he confronted a shoplifter.
Apparently, interrupting a criminal’s work flow is against the company’s corporate policy for “safety” reasons.
One thing is for sure, one of the places average Americans end up spending a growing portion of their income is drifting far from the values of average Americans.
Patriot Political will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.