We need about a thousand new Tom Cotton, Josh Hawley-style Republicans in elected office across the country.
Kroger went to DC because a planned merger put them in possible violation of anti-trust laws.
If Kroger and Albertsons thought Republicans would rescue their plan to merge, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) made it clear last Tuesday that support for the merger among Republicans is anything but certain.
Kroger announced in October plans to acquire Albertsons for $24.6 billion.
The plan was not exactly celebrated. Instead, it triggered immediate antitrust concerns, especially among Democrats who are suspicious of massive corporations. After all, Kroger is the nation's second-largest grocery store chain and Albertsons is the fourth-largest.
If the acquisition were approved, Kroger could potentially rival Walmart.
Usually, these companies go and cry to Republicans when they want government favor. But not today.
Watch Tom Cotton tell the woke CEO of Kroger to pound sand:
This situation reminds me a little bit of the situation big-tech companies have found themselves in the last couple of years. They come to Washington because they fear regulation from our Democratic friends of action by the Biden administration and they expect Republicans who are, traditionally, more supportive of free enterprise, to come to their defense.
And I've cautioned them for years that if they silence conservative and center-right voters across the country, if they discriminate against them in their company, they probably shouldn't ask Republican senators to carry the water for them whenever our Democratic friends want to regulate them or block their mergers. So, I've heard a lot about that... today and read a lot about it in the news and I'll say this:
I'm sorry that's happening to you. Best of luck.
This comes after Tom Cotton grilled Kroger's CEO for woke practices like firing employees who wouldn't wear gay pride pins.
More than a year ago, Rod Dreher called Kroger "the wokest supermarket in America."