After actress Debra Messing tweeted her concern to the retail giant, Walmart confirmed that it is seeking a refund of its campaign contributions to U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss.
The lawmaker has come under fire in recent days for remarks interpreted as racially insensitive.
“Hi Debra,” the company responded to Messing’s post. “Completely understand your concern. Sen. Hyde-Smith’s recent comments clearly do not reflect the values of our company and associates. As a result, we are withdrawing our support and requesting a refund of all campaign donations.”
In addition to her recent comment that she would attend “a public hanging” if invited by one of her supporters, a photo appearing to depict her in Confederate garb has resurfaced this week.
Hyde-Smith’s rival is using Walmart’s announcement to suggest she “can’t be trusted to work with the businesses Mississippi needs to grow good paying jobs,” as Mike Espy communication director Danny Blanton said.
Espy and Hyde-Smith will compete in a runoff election later this month.