Watch: Tom Cotton Hits Woke CEO with 9 Brutal Words After Kroger, Albertsons Come Crying to GOP


Members of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust and Consumer Rights questioned the woke CEOs of grocery store giants Kroger and Albertsons about their proposed $25 billion merger last week.

Fearing this deal will “raise prices, cut jobs and exacerbate inequality in food access through the closing of more locations,” unions and progressive advocacy groups oppose the deal and have lobbied the Biden administration to stop the planned merger, according to The Hill,

During his questioning of Kroger CEO William Rodney McMullen, Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, a Republican, delivered one of the best legislative smackdowns I’ve seen in a long time.

He asked McMullen about his company’s recent $180,000 settlement of a religious discrimination case brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Kroger had fired two Christian employees who had worked at a Conway, Arkansas, location over their refusal to wear aprons with rainbow pride hearts on them.

McMullen said he was not aware of the case. Cotton expressed surprise that the CEO had no knowledge of a legal action against his company that had been brought by the U.S. government.


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The uncomfortable CEO defended the hearts by explaining that “Kroger’s fundamental purpose is to feed the human spirit. And part of feeding the human spirit is the heart. And that heart is our fundamental strategy to support our purpose. The colors were not tied to any specific thing.”

The senator wasn’t buying it. “Well, I’m not sure I believe that because it was introduced during pride month as a supposed sign of inclusivity. And a federal judge didn’t agree with it either. That’s why he rejected your company’s motion for a summary judgment, and you just paid $180,000 to two employees which you wrongly terminated.”

He asked McMullen if he’d like to offer an apology to those employees “for the ordeal they went through?”

The CEO demurred saying he would need to learn more of the details of the case.

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