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Campbell’s Soup axes VP after right-wing conspiracy tweet

The former vice president of government affairs for Campbell’s Soup is out of a job after an ill-advised response to another Twitter user’s post this week.

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As a reply to a tweet asking where the ongoing Central American migrant caravan uses the bathroom, Kelly Johnson shared a conspiracy theory to an account that has since been removed.

“See those vans on the right?” he wrote. “What you don’t see are the troop carriers and the rail cars taking them north.”

Johnson then referenced an organization founded by progressive financier George Soros.

“Open Society planned and is executing this, including where they defecate,” he continued. “And they have an army of American immigration lawyers waiting at the border.”

Open Society tweeted a response, asserting that neither it nor Soros had funded the caravan.

“We are surprised to see a Campbell’s Soup Co. executive spreading false stories,” the organization wrote. “We do support the historic U.S. commitment to welcoming people fleeing oppression and violence in their homelands.”

A Campbell’s Soup spokesperson confirmed in a statement to CNN that Johnston’s last day was Thursday.

“In the last few days, the company and Mr. Johnston have agreed that under the current circumstances it would be best to accelerate the timing of his departure,” the source said.

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