Last October, we called out Jim Walton for backing neo-confederate Arkansas State Rep. Loy Mauch. Over the years, Mauch had publicly opined that slavery wasn’t so bad, that Lincoln was a war criminal on a par with the Nazis, and that public education was a Communist plot. We called on Walton to ask Mauch for his money back – and he did (see here).
Now we find that Jim Walton and his wife Lynne have contributed $3,000 to extremist Arkansas State Senator Jason Rapert (R-Conway) since December 2010, according to financial reports filed with the Arkansas Secretary of State.
Rapert is on the hot seat this week for his anti-gay and anti-choice positions – and for using racially-tinged language to attack President Obama at a rally in 2011. Walton is a member of Walmart’s Board of Directors as well as Chairman and CEO of the Walton-owned Arvest Bank. He is the youngest son of Walmart founder Sam Walton.
Rapert invited national scrutiny last week by pushing radical anti-choice legislation through the Arkansas State Senate. Rapert’s bill could effectively outlaw abortions after six weeks and force women seeking to terminate a pregnancy to submit to a vaginal probe.
The Nation posted a 2011 video of Rapert bragging about his extreme positions on a range of issues. As The Nation put it:
Rapert proudly declares himself a birther and attacks the state Supreme Court for knocking down a ban on gay adoptions…
But what really got Rapert in trouble was this racially-tinged attack on President Obama, captured in the same video of his speech to a rally of supporters:
I hear you loud and clear, Barack Obama. You don’t represent the country that I grew up with. And your values is not going to save us. We’re going to take this country back for the Lord. We’re going to try to take this country back for conservatism. And we’re not going to allow minorities to run roughshod over what you people believe in!
Need we say it? Jim Walton, it’s time (again) to ask for your money back.