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Republican Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas unloaded on “woke” CEOs if they have any expectations of the GOP to defend them when Democrats regulate their industry and wished them the “best of luck” during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Nov. 29.

The hearing was being held regarding the proposed merger between Kroger and Albertson’s stores and Sen. Cotton took both companies to task for interposing themselves in social and cultural issues.

“I’ve cautioned them 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.

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

Earlier in the week according to Fox Business, Cotton had chastised Kroger Chairman and CEO Rodney McMullen for his company’s “woke” policies, referring back two years to a lawsuit filed by two former employees in Arkansas who were fired when they refused to don aprons that espoused support for LGBTQ+ causes.

Sen. Cotton explained to McMullen, “You know, this situation reminds me a little bit of the situation Big Tech companies have found themselves in recent years. They’ve come to Washington because they fear regulation from our Democratic friends, or action by the Biden administration and they expect Republicans, who are traditionally more supportive of free enterprise, to come to their defense.”

McMullen claimed that the rainbow heart symbol was not supportive of the LGBTQ+ community, implying that its introduction during pride month was coincidental.

Cotton further referenced guidance in the Kroger employee documentation for their staff to stop using “sir” and “ma’am.” He asked, “Do you really expect 72-year-old employees in rural areas of Arkansas to stop using words like ‘sir’ and ‘ma’am’?”

The Spectator contributing editor Stephen L. Miller and former Pentagon official Amber Smith found a common voice and both commented, tweeting, “This is the way.”

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