GoFundMe deplatformed a fundraiser for protective vests launched by a black conservative who was allegedly stabbed by an Antifa militant—but it still allows an Antifa version with over $36,000 raised to remain up.
Trump supporter Andrew Duncomb was brutally attacked with a 7-inch blade that impaled his lower right flank at a Portland protest in July. The suspected assailant, Antifa agent and convicted pedophile Blake David Hampe, was released from jail last month by an unnamed Antifa bail group after his Jul. 25 arrest for felony assault.
Hampe's bail was set to $250,000. The Post Millennial's editor-at-large Andy Ngo suspected the PDX Protest Bail Fund on GoFundMe, which is actively raking in more than $1.3 million in funding from Antifa sympathizers to cover bail and other legal expenses for violent criminal suspects arrested amid the civil unrest in Portland.
The same leftist extremists are contributing to a GoFundMe page "to buy hundreds of ballistic vests" and distribute the "life saving gear" to rioters "on the front lines of the protests in Portland," also encompassing street medics, "legal observers," and "members of the Portland press corps." Priority will be given to "BIPOC folks" for "those most vulnerable to racist violence."
"Police and fascists are murdering us in the streets," the organiser, Shane Becker, for #PDXvestfund wrote in the description's preface.
Becker previously raised almost $10,000 through Venmo, Square Cash, and PayPal for "self-defence gear," including full-face military grade gas masks, leaf blowers, umbrellas, shields, ear plugs, goggles, jock straps, helmets, and body armour.
"[W]e want to address the next major threat: cops and racists shooting protestors," Becker wrote. "In short, this is harm reduction. This might very well save lives."
3A vests and carrier vests with steel or ceramic plates were sourced with an armour company, Becker explained, already orchestrating delivery logistics and arranging a bulk order discount.
Becker's newest endeavor accumulated an upwards of $20,000 in less than two days.
In direct rebuttal, Duncomb launched the right-wing antithesis on Sept. 5 to test GoFundMe's apolitical judgement.
"Antifa is murdering us in the streets," Duncomb mirrored the far-left's language, using a picture of deceased Antifa gunman Michael Forest Reinoehl who admitted to fatally shooting pro-Trumper Aaron Danielson during a Portland riot on Aug. 29.
"Why not antifa has 30k on theirs. Lets see how long it takes before it gets taken down," the Duncomb tweeted at the time.
On the following day of the fund's setup, Duncomb's page was flagged for review and withdrawals were capped at $1,200 donations.
"Our Trust & Safety team has received questions about the authenticity of your campaign that seem to be due to the lack of information included in your campaign story," GoFundMe's technical support responded in a complaint ticket.
Then GoFundMe officials requested Duncomb to "address these concerns and clear up any confusion" by providing clarifications in an emailed reply: plan for spending, connection to the intended recipients, and an outline of the campaign's purpose. "[T]he quickest way for our team to disregard these reports and help you move forward" is to produce receipts, bank statements, and other related expenses, the email stipulated.
"Until your campaign is clear about the requested information and you reply to this email, future withdrawals will be paused," GoFundMe concluded. "This does not affect your campaign’s ability to receive new donations, but failure to reply to this message within 30 days will result in the closure of your account."
Duncomb supplied supporting documentation, attaching check-out invoices and his press badge that verified his credentials as a conservative videographer. He further explained that he bolsters a grassroots right-wing movement on Twitter with over 36,000 followers.
More than a week passed without a decision. Then Duncomb messaged again on Sept. 16: "What is taking so long to get a reply back. It is not fair to my donors that you guys are holding on to this money so long. I have replied back with the request you guys have asked for."
Within hours, GoFundMe sent the notice, denying the validity of Duncomb's fundraiser due to a purported "violation" of community standards.
"Our Terms of Service, along with strictly enforced policies from the payments industry, prohibit GoFundMe from allowing you to continue raising money on our platform," admins signed off, promising to refund donations within three to seven business days.
Duncomb took to Twitter to expose GoFundMe's hypocrisy.
"GoFundMe is allowing their platform to be used to assist domestic terrorists who is destroying the city of Portland and attacking police," Duncomb tweeted. "I made a GoFundMe to help get Patriots on the frontlines body armor and it gets taken down. The $1,200 we raised would have saved lives."
"GoFundMe's decision not to remain inclusive shows a clear bias against conservatives," Duncomb told The Post Millennial in a spoken interview regarding his account's removal. "The violence surrounding the riots in Portland is coming from the radical left GoFundMe seems to be supporting. GoFundMe's actions to ban our fundraiser is a clear political attack against right wing individuals and should not be taken lightly."
GoFundMe has slammed their biased gavel down on numerous conservative causes before. Last month when supporters of alleged Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse established a GoFundMe to aid his legal defense fees, site administrators stomped on the efforts. In June, political pundit and BLEXIT leader Candace Owens initiated a GoFundMe for an Alabama cafe owner who criticized civil disturbances over George Floyd’s death. Three employees quit and online critics boycotted the business days after the controversial comments came out. Owens' sympathetic venture was suspended after $200,000 poured in.
The Post Millennial reached out to GoFundMe, but has not heard back by the time of publication.
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