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Walmart blames tweet calling Sen. Hawley ‘#soreloser’ on employee’s mistake

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Walmart’s Twitter account on Wednesday posted, then deleted, a critical comment under a tweet of Sen. Josh Hawley’s (R-Mo.) in which he says he will object to the January 6 certifying of Electoral College votes by Congress and Vice President Mike Pence. After intense backlash from across the social media site, Walmart issued an apology, blaming the tweet calling the senator a “#soreloser” on an employee’s mistake.

“The tweet published earlier was mistakenly posted by a member of our social media team,” the corporation tweeted Wednesday afternoon. “We deleted the post and have no intention of commenting on the subject of certifying the electoral college. We apologize to Senator Hawley for this error and any confusion about our position.”

In a statement to Newsweek, Casey Staheli, Walmart’s senior manager of national media relations, said that the social media team member “intended to publish this comment to their personal account.”

Wednesday morning, the Missouri Republican tweeted that “Millions of voters concerned about election integrity deserve to be heard. I will object on January 6 on their behalf.”

Under that tweet, Walmart’s account commented “Go ahead. Get your 2 hour debate. #soreloser”

A couple of hours later, Hawley fired back at the incendiary comment, asking if the corporation would apologize “for using slave labor”.

“Thanks ⁦@Walmart⁩ for your insulting condescension,” the senator tweeted, with a screenshot of the comment. “Now that you’ve insulted 75 million Americans, will you at least apologize for using slave labor?”

“Or maybe you’d like to apologize for the pathetic wages you pay your workers as you drive mom and pop stores out of business,” he added.

Hawley’s objection, alongside the backing of Republican Congressman Mo Brooks (Ala.) and others, would usher in a two-hour debate in the House of Representatives and the Senate. Following which, they would vote on whether to approve or reject the objection. In order to successfully toss out the electoral votes, which experts overwhelmingly see as a longshot, both chambers of Congress would need to agree on the objection.

Over the past century, both chambers being forced to vote on whether they agree with a state’s Electoral College votes has only happened twice.

While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other GOP leaders have been urging the members of their caucus to not object to the certification of the states’ electoral votes on January 6 in a joint-session of Congress, a vocal handful of members backed by President Donald Trump have stated they’ll object to it.

Despite the Electoral College votes already having been officially cast on December 14, solidifying President-elect Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory, President Trump refuses to concede, alleging widespread election fraud and that the election was “rigged” and “stolen” from him. The slew of legal cases filed by the president’s associates and supporters in multiple states failed to properly demonstrate that widespread fraud occurred and changed the election results, with the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this month striking down a multi-state suit trying to throw out the results in a few swing states.

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Cuomo says he’ll ‘fully cooperate’ with NY AG’s review of sexual harassment claims

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said Wednesday that he will “fully cooperate” with the state attorney general’s independent review into sexual harassment allegations made against the currently scandal-ridden governor, saying, “I fully support a woman’s right to come forward.”

Last Wednesday, Lindsey Boylan, who served in his administration for over three years, accused Cuomo of suggesting to her on a 2017 flight that they play strip poker, inappropriate touching, and kissing her on the lips without her consent.

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Following Boylan’s accusations, 25-year-old Charlotte Bennett alleged the governor indicated interest in having an affair with her while she was serving in his administration as a health policy adviser. In a Saturday New York Times report, Bennett told the newspaper that Cuomo asked her if she had “ever been with an older man,” adding that “age doesn’t matter” in relationships.

At Wednesday’s press briefing, the Empire State governor addressed the accusations leveled against him over the past seven days by three women and New York Attorney General Letitia James’ (D) independent review into those claims, which she announced on Monday was formally proceeding.

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“As you probably know, the attorney general is doing an independent review, and I will fully cooperate with that review,” Cuomo said at the beginning of his statement. “Now, the lawyers say I shouldn’t say anything when you have a pending review until that review is over. I understand that, I’m a lawyer, too. But, I want New Yorkers to hear from me directly on this.”

“First, I fully support a woman’s right to come forward,” the governor began. “And I think it should be encouraged in every way. I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable. It was unintentional and I truly and deeply apologize for it. I feel awful about it, and frankly I am embarrassed by it, and that’s not easy to say. But that’s the truth.”

This echoes what Cuomo said in a Sunday statement about the allegations, in which he stated he “may have been insensitive” during his tenure but charged his accusers of misinterpreting his actions, saying, “I acknowledge some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation… I am truly sorry about that.”

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During his Wednesday remarks, Cuomo iterated “I never touched anyone inappropriately,” repeated that sentence, then said “I never knew at the time that I was making anyone feel uncomfortable” and repeated that one too.

“And I certainly never, ever meant to offend anyone or hurt anyone or cause anyone any pain. That is the last thing I would ever want to do,” he continued. “I ask the people of this state to wait for the facts from the attorney general’s report before forming an opinion. Get the facts, please, before forming an opinion.”

“I also want you to know that I have learned from what has been an incredibly difficult situation for me as well as other people, and I’ve learned an important lesson,” the governor said at the end of his statement. “I’m sorry. I’m sorry for whatever pain I caused anyone, I never intended it, and I will be the better for this experience.”

Amid Boylan and Bennett’s allegations, another report of Cuomo sexually harassing a woman has cropped up. On Monday, a woman named Anna Ruch accused the governor of placing his hands on her cheeks—without her consent—at a 2019 wedding reception and asking if he could kiss her. A photograph of the two together at the event has also been circulating on social media.

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Asked at Wednesday’s briefing about the pictures that have resurfaced of him being touchy with people, particularly that of him and Ruch, the governor claimed that it is his way of greeting people.

“I understand the opinion of—and feelings of—Ms. Ruch,” Cuomo said. “You can find hundreds of pictures of me making the same gesture with hundreds of people—women, children, men, etc. You can go find hundreds of pictures of me kissing people. […] It is my usual and customary way of greeting.”

Moreover, the governor said that his father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, would do the same thing.

“By the way, it was my father’s way of greeting people,” Cuomo said, explaining, “You’re the governor of the state, you want people to feel comfortable, you want to reach out to them.”

He also mentioned that he kisses and hugs legislators and noted that at an event in Queens the other day he hugged pastors and state assembly members.

Furthermore, the governor said that his intent “doesn’t matter,” saying, “What it matters is if anybody was offended by it.”

“But if they were offended by it, then it was wrong,” he added, going on to say that if they were offended or hurt by it, he apologizes.

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