Conservatives praised Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark.for dressing down Kroger chairman and CEO Rodney McMullen in a recent viral video.
In the clip, Cotton criticized the businessman for seeking GOP support against plans to deregulate his company after Democrats recently silenced conservative employees.
Video from a Nov. 29 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing shows Cotton blasting McMullen for asking Democratic lawmakers to help block his merger with grocery chain Albertsons.
Cotton said he was not interested In helping Kroger, especially after two former employees in Arkansas were sued after they were fired for refusing to wear aprons that support the LGBTQ+ community, Fox Business reports.
The senator said Republicans have no interest in helping companies that “silence conservatives and center-right voters.”
Turning to McMullen, Cotton said, “You know, this situation reminds me a little bit of a situation. Big tech companies have found themselves in recent years. They came to Washington because they were afraid of regulation by our Democratic friends or the actions of the Biden administration, and they expected that Republicans, who traditionally support free enterprise, would come to their defense.
“I’ve warned them for years that if they silence conservatives and center-right voters … if they discriminate against them in their companies, they shouldn’t be asking Republican senators to carry water when our Democratic friends want to regulate them. put or prevent them from joining,” he said.
Delivering the message that he was not interested in helping McMullen, the senator concluded: “All I can say is, ‘I’m sorry this is happening to you. Good luck.”
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Conservatives on Twitter applauded Cotton’s rebuke of the seemingly woke grocery chain.
Conservative columnist Christopher Bedford tweeted: “That’s right. Kroger’s CEO makes his shelves and cashiers go through left-wing indoctrination to work for him, then takes their salaries 400 When he comes asking for more money and power, send him to his Democrat friends for scraps.”
Briscoe Cain, a conservative and legal scholar, responded with the now famous “Wake up, break down” adage.
Author and former Pentagon official Amber Smith and The Spectator editor Stephen L. Miller both echoed the same sentiment, tweeting, “That’s the way.”
“This is my policy,” tweeted Inez Stepman, a Lincoln fellow at the Claremont Institute.
Logan Hall, a conservative digital strategist, appreciated Cotton’s tone, commenting, “More than that.”
Conservative influencer John Jackson marveled at Cotton’s statement, writing, “It. Was. Beautiful. MORE.”