Both President Trump and his campaign continue to suffer attacks in the wake of his supporters storming Capitol Hill on Wednesday, January 6.
Last week, Twitter permanently took down the @realDonaldTrump and @TeamTrump accounts. This comes in addition to Snapchat, Instagram, Reddit, Shopify, Facebook, and others severely restricting the president.
All bans and restrictions are happening for professed reasons involving incitement of violence. Some platforms argue that continuing to allow Trump on their sites poses a risk of political violence; meanwhile, other sites are claiming that the 45th president breached their terms of service agreements by allegedly inciting violence.
In a new blow to Trump, the payment processing company known as Stripe has removed the Trump campaign from their roster, per Breitbart News.
A Closer Look at Stripe’s Block on the Trump Campaign
According to Stripe, Trump violated their rules on not “encouraging violence” after the events that transpired on the U.S. Capitol.
Therefore, Stripe is refusing to process any payments for the Trump campaign; in essence, the president’s campaign is no longer able to accept any credit card donations. For years, now, the Trump campaign has used Stripe to process countless credit card payments.
“Stripe- the vendor that handles online credit card payments for Trump’s campaign ..will no longer handle his account” –
Quite a blow to Trumps ability to fundraise here .. pic.twitter.com/11c2r3Kqnt
— emily m (@maitlis) January 11, 2021
The decision from Stripe also follows Shopify’s ban on the online Trump Store. Similarly to Stripe, Shopify put out a statement, reading that the 45th president violated their policies against inciting violence and supporting/promoting threats or use of violence.
The Push to Remove Trump
Most online platforms are taking action against President Trump after the events on Capitol Hill. This all comes on top of White House aides turning in their resignations, with some directly rebuking the president and claiming he played a role in violence on the 6th.
Meanwhile, as big tech works to remove Trump from the internet, congressional Democrats are working to remove the president from office. Even with just eight days left of Trump’s term, Democrats know that if he is impeached and convicted, it will disqualify Trump from seeking future office.
Trump is visiting Alamo today.
To incite his violent supporters to take a bloody last stand.
Pence and the Cabinet must invoke the 25th Amendment.
— Hakeem Jeffries (@RepJeffries) January 12, 2021
Many Republicans in Congress have opposed a new impeachment, arguing that it will only divide the nation. However, a minority of GOP members have called upon the president to resign from office.
What do you think about Stripe cutting off its services from the Trump campaign? What type of precedent do you believe is set from this mass de-platforming of the U.S. president? Let us know below in the comments section.