GoFundMe bans funds for travel to pro-1st Amendment protests, yet allows bail funds for criminals

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PORTLAND, OR- Remember when people tried to run a fundraiser on GoFundMe for Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old accused of murder when engaged in self-defense in Kenosha, Wisconsin last summer? Remember when GoFundMe quashed the page? One thing about GoFundMe. They are consistently inconsistent.

Last week, Newsmax reported that the platform had banned public fundraisers for people who were trying to raise money for travel to political protests, which occurred after the riot at the Capitol building on January 6.

“Due to the violence, GoFundMe has removed numerous fundraisers intended to raise money for travel expenses,” the company said in a statement, as reported by The Hill. The outlet noted that the website would continue removal of fundraisers related to political events which pose “a risk of violence by attendees.”  

The company continued, “We strongly condemn the violence and attempted insurrection and will continue to remove fundraisers that attempt to spread misinformation about the election, promote conspiracy theories, and contribute to or participate in attacks on U.S. democracy.”

Sounds pretty noble, right?

However, according to an op-ed in the Post Millennial, GoFundMe has a bit of a, shall we say, consistency problem.

A man named Zachary Alexander Karas of San Diego was caught by police in possession of two Molotov cocktails at a protest in La Mesa. A GoFundMe was set up on his behalf, and they not only hosted the fundraiser they also donated $150 themselves.

Last fall, Candace Owens started a GoFundMe for a bar owner in Alabama, which was removed when he had the audacity to refer to George Floyd as a “thug” and called protesters “idiots.”

Other campaigns were held on behalf of Christian bakers and florists who had refused service to same-sex couples, which GoFundMe canceled.

So, what kind of fundraisers does GoFundMe support and allow on its platform?

Meet Skarrlett Krow. All nonsense aside, we are not sure if Krow is male or female. That’s honestly beside the point. Krow is running a fundraiser on GoFundMe, and as of this writing has raided $4,493 out of an $11,000 goal.

Here is what Krow writes on the page:

“Heya. I’m Skarrlett Krow, a convicted nazi-puncher!

Back on August 4th, 2018, fascists and their various collaborators descended on the city of Portland, Oregon to have one of their little rallies, while some of them were even perched up on a building with various artillery as if they were going to snipe antifascists counter demonstrators.

I provided a little strength in numbers for the counter protest, and then my eyes befell upon someone I personally knew; an abusive ex-partner of a dear friend, and an alleged animal abuser who apparently thinks it’s okay to strike a cat whose common alias rhymes with ‘dragon slayer.’

I called them out by said alias, and upon confirmation that it was them, I punched them in the face and damaged their nose, requiring constructive surgery.”

Enough of that incessant babbling. Long story short, Krow punched this individual who then required constructive surgery. Violence would you say? We would.

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So Krow, who has shown zero remorse was subsequently arrested, however said they have “no shame or remorse for punching this person.” Krow was caught after bragging about it on Facebook and was arrested for fourth degree assault.

Krow of course couldn’t afford a lawyer, so Portland taxpayers were stuck with the bill for his/her defense. Krow’s public defender pleaded not guilty, however subsequently changed the plea to guilty later on.

Krow was sentenced to 18 months of probation and agreed to pay restitution, in an amount of $9,650. He mocked the fact that the person was going to file a civil suit saying he has “nonexistent money.”

However Krow, like most good members of Antifa or who are professional protesters has no assets. He/she said he was a “former street kid who aged out of foster care.” He/she lives with his “primary partner and her support.” However, he/she is “certified in both TV production and Digital Audio Engineering” however of course he/she cannot get a job in that field.

Krow however jokes about the whole thing.

“So while this person laughs at the idea of how long it’s going to take me to pay off the restitution, how about we collectively laugh together by raising the funds to do so far sooner than any imaginable expectation. Every dollar donated to this fundraiser is another punch to a nazi’s face.”

So, if the restitution amount is $9,650, why is Krow looking for $11,000? Well, GoFundMe gets a cut, and he/she promised that any amount over the goal would go toward putting together a “home-based Audio/Video Production studio.” So this dirtbag wants people to fund his/her studio.

So, what exactly are GoFundMe’s terms of service?

  1. “…users are “not to use the Services to raise funds or establish or contribute to any Campaign with the implicit ore explicit purpose of or involving:
  2. the violation of any law [emphasis added]…
  3. …for the legal defense [emphasis added] of alleged crimes associated with hate, violence [emphasis added], harassment, bullying…

So let’s get this right. GoFundMe will let a criminal accused and convicted of assault resulting in serious injury raise funds on its site however draws the line at people trying to exercise their First Amendment rights.

They draw the line at someone like Candace Owens trying to raise money for a business owner, because he had the audacity to exercise his opinion which is widely held among those who haven’t been infected with the political correctness pathogen.

Just another example of big tech, falling in line with their enablers in the Democratic party, throwing down with criminals and opposing the right to peaceably protest.

They have no problem with holding fundraisers for violent protesters in Portland however, as evidenced by the PDX Protest Bail Fund, which has raised over $1.39 million dollars to cover bail and legal expenses by protesters arrested in Portland, many involved in violent crimes.

Hypocrisy…gotta love it.

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