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Walmart withdraws donations to Cindy Hyde-Smith after criticism

Walmart on Tuesday said it was “requesting a refund” from the campaign of Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith after the company came under pressure to distance itself from the Mississippi lawmaker’s “public hanging” remark.

Campaign finance records show that the company made a $2,000 donation on Nov. 18, nearly a week after a video of Hyde-Smith saying she would be “on the front row” if a supporter invited her to “a public hanging” went viral. Records also show the company gave a $1,000 contribution to her campaign this past June.

The retail giant announced its decision to withdraw its support from Hyde-Smith in response to actress Debra Messing, who tweeted about the issue on Monday.

“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,” the company said in a tweet. Read more

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Walmart withdraws donations to Cindy Hyde-Smith after criticism