Conservative pundit and Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro issued a challenge to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) after Warren compared the earnings of Walmart heirs to those of the company’s new-hire employees in a bid to justify her proposal for a new tax.
Warren posted her pitch for a new tax Monday evening, tweeting a Bloomberg story reporting that heirs of Walmart, Inc. founder Sam Walton make $4 million an hour, while new employees earn a minimum of $11 an hour:
“The Walmart heirs make $4 million an hour. A new Walmart associate makes $11 an hour. My two-cent wealth tax on families like the Waltons would help level the playing field for working families and rebuild the middle class.”
“Let me know when the new Walmart associate employs 2.2 million people,” Shapiro tweeted in reply to Warren’s post.
As Walmart notes on its website, the company not only employees 2.2 million workers, but also promotes 75% of its associates to positions earning as much as fighterfighters, accountants and doctors:
“Walmart employs 2.2 million associates around the world -- 1.5 million in the U.S. alone. About 75% of our store management teams started as hourly associates, and they earn between $50,000 and $170,000 a year — similar to what firefighters, accountants, and even doctors make. Last year, Walmart promoted about 200,000 people to jobs with more responsibility and higher pay.”