Conservatives lauded Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., for dressing down Kroger Chair and CEO Rodney McMullen in recent a viral video.
In the clip, Cotton slammed the businessman for seeking GOP help against the Democrat Party’s plans to regulate his company after it recently silenced conservative employees.
The video, taken from a Nov. 29 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, featured Cotton blasting McMullen for seeking his help to block Democrat lawmakers from hampering its merger with the Albertsons grocery store company.
Cotton expressed disinterest in aiding Kroger, especially after it was sued by "two former employees in Arkansas who were fired after they refused to wear aprons supportive of the LGBTQ+ community
The senator said Republicans are not interested in helping companies that "silence conservatives and center-right voters."
Cotton addressed McMullen, stating, "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."
"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," he continued.
Conveying the message he was not interested in helping McMullen, the senator concluded, "I'll say this: ‘I’m sorry that's happening to you. Best of luck."