America’s favorite cable news host bashed Walmart and the political left for championing gun rights and lecturing middle America about “morals,” which the company lacks.
After pointing out the the political left used to rally against Walmart for what it viewed as exploitation of workers, and that Walmart made nice with liberals simply by parroting left wing social justice talking points, Tucker Carlson laid into the company for claiming moral authority over ordinary Americans.
“By revenue, Walmart is the largest company in the world. The Walton family is the richest family in America. Collectively, they’re worth more than $150 billion. How’d they get so rich? Well by selling foreign goods to domestic consumers – cheap Chinese garbage manufactured offshore in factories that pay slave wages – wages that American manufacturers could never match. According to one study, from 2001 to 2013 America actually lost 400,000 jobs thanks to Walmart’s reliance on Chinese imports, and it shows.
Carlson then showed a montage of desolate small town America, replete with closed retail stores and empty shopping centers, many of which were priced out of the market by Walmart.
At times, Walmart sold goods at a loss just long enough to drive American competitors out of business completely. Small retail and the jobs they provided just vanished. In many places, Walmart became one of the few remaining employers. As of today, more than one and a half million Americans at any one time work at Walmart, and it’s not, by and large, an improvement over what we had before. And it’s not getting better. In 2005, for example, 20% of Walmart employees worked part time at the company. Today, the majority work part time. Why? You know why. If Walmart keeps employees’ hours low enough, it can avoid paying them benefits. People can’t really live like that and Walmart knows it. But they know that the federal government, that is to say, you, the taxpayers, will subsidize their low wages with welfare benefits. In other words, you are working so that the Walton family won’t have to pay their employees enough to live. That’s happening right now, but we’re not talking about it, because Walmart is now pushing gun control. So, take three steps back and let’s talk about what’s happening here. The company more responsible than any other company for destroying and degrading rural America, for making our towns uglier and cheaper and poorer, he same people who push the appaling lie that brightly colored plastic crap from China is gonna make us happy, that company is now lecturing normal Americans – the very Americans they have hurt – about how immoral they are for daring to protect themselves with firearms.
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