IT might be a little confusing that Elaine Chao is trending on Twitter.
Why is Elaine Chao trending on Twitter?
Elaine Chao is a former Secretary of Transportation and Secretary of LaborCredit: Getty
Chao is trending on social media because she was elected to the Kroger board of directors.
“We are pleased to welcome Elaine to Kroger,” said Rodney McMullen, a chairman and CEO of Kroger, according to Winsight Grocery Business.
“She’s an experienced national and global leader who brings to Kroger’s board deep knowledge of corporate governance, strategic and workforce management, and public-private partnerships as well as extensive experience at the highest levels of U.S. government.”
She also acted as Secretary of Labor in the George W. Bush administration from 2001 to 2009.
And not everyone was thrilled to see her added to the board of directors for the retail company known for its supermarkets.
Why are people talking about boycotting Kroger?
Some people on Twitter are calling for a boycott of Kroger for adding Chao to their board of directorsCredit: Reuters
Some people are even calling for a boycott of Kroger in the wake of the decision.
“Kroger has added Elaine Chao to their board,” one account, Duty to Warn, from on Wednesday.
“Who will join me in boycotting Kroger? RT if you agree @kroger #BoycottKroger.”
Former United States Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, who served from 1993 to 1997 under President Bill Clinton, had something to say about the move, too.
He listed off some things Kroger has done in the last year, including paying its CEO, Rodney McMullen, $22.4 million, “the largest haul since he became Kroger’s boss in 2014.”
He added that the company, “Closed stores instead of giving workers hazard pay,” before adding, “Elected Elaine Chao to their board. Need I say more?”
Some people on Twitter demanded the company remove Chao from their board immediately, calling her and Sen McConnell “corrupt.”
Chao will serve until Kroger’s annual meeting of shareholders in June 2022, Yahoo! News reported.