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Cotton Slams ‘Woke’ Kroger CEO to His Face For Asking Republicans to Save Them From Dem Regulations: ‘Best of Luck’

Senator Tom Cotton dressed down ‘woke’ Kroger CEO for expecting Republicans to rescue them from Democrat overregulation, dismissing him with the gesture: “Best of luck.”

Cotton (R-AR) was discussing the merger of Kroger and Albertsons grocery chains with the former’s CEO Rodney McMullen, but first pointed out some of the company’s controversial politically correct actions.

The Republican lawmaker referenced a religious discrimination case between the grocery giant and two former employees who were fired for refusing to wear a uniform with a logo that they believed resembled a gay pride symbol.

“Has your company ever fired an employee or disciplined an employee for their religious beliefs?” Cotton asked point blank.

McCullen feigned ignorance saying, “I personally am not aware of this.”

“How is that possible?” Cotton replied. “You’re being sued by the federal government. You have settled on a suit, and you don’t know about it?”

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Cotton Wrecks ‘Woke’ Kroger CEO

After stating he was “not aware” of the lawsuit, a highly unlikely scenario, Cotton offered some help in refreshing his memory on the settlement.

“You just paid $180,000 to two employees that you wrongly terminated,” he explained to McMullen. “By the way would you like to offer an apology here to Brenda Lawson and Trudy Rickerd for the ordeal they went through?”

“I would need to understand more of the details,” McMullen replied.

Cotton’s line of attack against the ‘woke’ Kroger CEO then shifted to a store guide that directed employees to stop saying the words “sir” or “ma’am” when addressing customers.

“Do you really expect 72-year-old employees in rural areas of Arkansas to stop using words like ‘sir’ and ‘ma’am’?” Cotton asked.

McMullen replied that the policy was meant to “be inclusive for everybody with different beliefs.”

Just not those who were fired for being forced to wear a gay pride symbol, apparently.

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Cotton Unloads

And that’s when Cotton went into goblin mode.

At a hearing referencing a merger that unions and their progressive allies have urged President Biden to block, Senator Cotton was unimpressed with McMullen and Albertson CEO Vivek Sankaran pleading their case before Congress.

“I’ve cautioned them (CEOs) 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,” Cotton said.

“I’ll say this: ‘I’m sorry that’s happening to you. Best of luck,” he added.

We urge you to watch that clip in its entirety.

Cotton’s takedown of the Kroger CEO is a masterclass in putting ‘woke’ corporations in their place. You can tell how effective it was by simply watching the look on McMullen’s face after Cotton says, “Best of luck.”

The Federal Trade Commission issued a request for more information on the planned $25 billion merger on Tuesday. Kroger anticipates it will be completed by early 2024.

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Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance writer focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been following and analyzing the political climate for several years, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, FoxNews.com and more.

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  • My wife and I went to kroger andngot groceries a couple weeks age. One Item we purchased a package of Oreo cookies, and on the package was a picture of the cookies with different colors of cookies. Not thinking about it, we got all the groceries and went home. Later when opening the cookies we found that the Oreo cookie company was supporting the Gay community by placing the rainbow clollored cookies and using a portion of the cost to support the gays(Queers), so I returned them to Kroger and when I asked the person there why Kroger is taking that position, I got NO ANSWER.
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  • I wish there was somebody like Tom Cotton in the UK Parliament. That was a wonderful display of class.

  • Go woke God broke! Any dumb CEO who change to support WOKE FOOL, don't deserve any help from other! Just remember you been in business longer than "WOKE" even around! Didn't started til three black girl wanted to steal from other to support their HIGH CLASS LIVING!

  • Why the government would allow one grocery chain to buy out and own every single major competitor is beyond me. If you look at albertsons and safeway ads everything is the same price they have fixed the prices between the 2 chains and kroger will do the same and raise safeway/albertsons prices up to match their high prices. Not by any means in the best intetest of the citizens to allow this merger.

  • The only way to save yourself from democrat over regulation is to stop voting democrat. The country will thrive if you’ll do this one thing.

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