Walmart CEO Responds To Trump’s Record Resignations On Tuesday Like A Boss


For two days, Donald Trump refused to acknowledge the events that took place in Charlottesville, VA as racist acts of domestic terror committed by white supremacists, which traumatized the nation. Trump proudly dwelled in that space of enabling and denial, for two days. It wasn’t until leaders from the business, political, academic, and almost every other community, worldwide, openly condemned Trump’s gross lack of condemnation of the people who once proudly endorsed him, and are now citing “fulfilling the promise of Trump” as the reasons for their actions, that Trump somewhat rebuked their actions.

Because action, and in Trump’s case, lack of action, has consequences, he quickly saw the fallout from his failure to unify the country and denounce hate. One of the first people to separate himself from Trump was Merck CEO, Kenneth Frazier, who on Monday, resigned from Trump’s manufacturing council. Frazier didn’t directly cite Trump’s lack of response for his departure from the committee, but did say:

‘As a matter of personal conscience, I feel a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism.’

Instead of reflecting on Frazier’s resignation and using it to make more constructive decisions, Trump went to his usual method of handling things and tweeted two bitter posts directed at Frazier:

Trump probably thought that lashing out at Frazier would cause his fellow good ol’ boys to rally behind him, but instead, more committee members quit. Now, another prominent CEO is calling out Trump’s lack of leadership. Doug McMillon, the CEO of the world’s largest retailer, Walmart, classified this past weekend’s events as “painful” and said Donald Trump missed a “critical opportunity” to unify the country.

McMillon further asserted:

‘Our country is facing some very difficult issues that require our elected officials, business leaders and community-based organizations to work together.’

McMillon also talked about the diverse makeup of his staff, worldwide and used that to remind about the responsibility people like him — people like Donald Trump, have to promote equity and inclusion.

Walmart catches a lot of flack for what many feel is the company’s failure to adequately compensate their employees. However, if employees don’t feel safe to move about in their communities because of the color of their skin/religion, what they earn doesn’t really matter. Therefore, once again, leaders from all aspects of the community are doing more for a national crisis than Donald Trump is.

McMillon’s full statement may be read here.

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