Walmart asked Republican Sen. #Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi on Tuesday to return its campaign donations after “Will and Grace” actress Debra Messing and others criticized the retail giant for supporting the lawmaker following controversial comments she made about attending a hypothetical “public hanging.”
Walmart, in a tweeted reply to Messing, said it “completely” understood her concern about the donation to Hyde-Smith, who is headed for a runoff election against Democratic challenger Mike Espy, a former U.S. Agriculture secretary, on Nov. 27.
“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 said in the tweet.
Hyde-Smith’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment from CNBC.
Walmart is the third company in recent days to ask Hyde-Smith for a refund of their campaign contributions because of the furor over her “hanging” comments. Union Pacific and Boston Scientific asked for their money back Monday.
All three companies acted after their contributions to the GOP incumbent were highlighted by the news site Popular Information, whose article about the donations was tweeted by Messing.