Angry supporters of US President Donald Trump want to boycott Walmart over a tweet from the retail giant. The background was a message from Republican Senator Josh Hawley on the short message service Twitter. In it, Hawley announced resistance to the formal reading of the presidential election results in Congress on January 6th. The Democrat Joe Biden had won the vote against Trump.
Walmart’s official Twitter account replied to Hawley’s message, “Go ahead. Get your two-hour debate “and added” #SchlechtVerlierer “as a catchphrase.
Walmart deleted his response a short time later and apologized: “The tweet was wrongly posted by a member of our social media team who wanted to publish this comment in his personal account,” the company said when asked by the German press agency. Senator Hawley, meanwhile, foamed and attacked Walmart for having “insulted 75 million Americans” – namely all Trump voters – and accused the company of using slave labor and paying low wages.
Meanwhile, the incident went viral on social networks. Supporters of the US president in particular, who seem to believe his baseless allegations of electoral fraud, were angry. Numerous users insulted Walmart and called under the catchphrase »#boycottwalmart« to avoid the company’s business.
At a session in the US Congress on January 6, the results of the presidential election from the individual states will be officially counted and announced. Only then is it official who has won the election. There have long been plans among Trump’s Republicans in the House of Representatives to appeal the reading. In order to force both chambers to deliberate on the election result, the law requires at least one MP and one senator to object. With Hawley’s participation, that requirement would be met. The action should only delay the reading of the election results.
Incumbent Donald Trump has so far stubbornly refused to admit defeat. The Republican claims he was defeated by massive fraud. Neither Trump nor his lawyers have provided any substantive evidence to support these claims. More than 50 lawsuits from the Trump camp have so far been thrown out of courts, including the US Supreme Court.
In his anger about the election result, Trump has now turned to the Supreme Court again. His campaign team announced on Wednesday that he had filed a lawsuit with the Supreme Court in Washington with the aim of ensuring that the election in the state of Wisconsin is declared unconstitutional and invalid because of “multiple violations of law”. Trump also wants to ensure that parliament in the state appoints alternative voters.