The Hill.com breathlessly informs us, "A Florida bank announced Thursday that it has closed down (sic) former-President Trump’s account, joining a growing list of entities that have cut ties with the former president following the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot."
We aren’t surprised leftists in the federal government are using a Reichstag-style riot as a pretext to crack down on conservatives who were nowhere near Washington, D.C. that day.
What’s a tad startling is the private sector is using the event to cancel Donald Trump, too.
Just think about the circumstances.
Bank United is a Florida financial institution.
The Sunsine State is a Republican state with a Republican governor (Ron DeSantis).
Trump carried Florida by a larger margin in 2020 than in 2016.
To be exact, Trump got 1,050,845 more votes in 2020 than 2016.
If Bank United was so offended by the riot it did not want to make any money off Trump’s money, it could have quietly closed his account.
Chances are Trump would not have announced the event since he currently has a host of other items on his plate. Bank United would have remained pure and the risk of negative consequences from slapping the former leader of the Free World in the face would have been negligible.
Instead, Bank United announces the closure using a method designed to generate the maximum amount of publicity. The United jefes obviously think the bank will suffer no negative consequences by publically announcing it is punishing Trump.
Leadership obviously believe the bank stands to reap benefits!
This is more than Twitter’s de-platforming of Trump.
This is an effort to deny access to financial services — bank accounts, ATM cards, credit cards and the like — effectively making Trump an non, or unperson.
What do you think the response on the part of the media and the public would have been if Bank United evicted the money of a member of a minority-protected-class for wearing a MAGA hat? Or a disabled individual? Or a consonant crusader?
But an old white guy? Who cares?
We suggest you start caring plenty.
We’re seeing the beginning of a wave of collective guilt and collective punishment this nation has never before seen in its history.
And it won’t stop after Donald Trump is reduced to burying his money in coffee cans.
More than controversial former-CIA Director John Brennan has announced a partial list of those already determined to be guilty: "religious extremists, authoritarians, fascists, bigots, racists, nativists, even libertarians." When they start coming for libertarians — the pearl–clutching surrender monkeys of the conservative side — you know the list is both comprehensive and expansive.
Let us help you read between the lines of Brennan’s list.
Here are those who have already been determined to be guilty:
- Christians who believe the Bible regarding marriage, the immutability of man and woman and the rights of the unborn;
- Authoritarians we’re not sure of since that would include Brennan;
- Fascists are anyone to the right of Susan Collins;
- Bigots are folks who believe Islamic terrorists are a problem;
- Racists are people who disagree with Joy Reid;
- Nativists are people who believe in borders and think citizenship isn’t a trinket to be given to potential voters; and . . .
- Libertarians are simply harmless ideologues as effective in their way as James Thurber's "Walter Mitty."
These people are serious about targeting and punishing political enemies both real and imagined.
If they can do it to Donald Trump, they can certainly do it to you.
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