Another day, another de-banking

Another day, another de-banking. By Michelle Malkin.

On Tuesday, 33-year-old Lauren Witzke received a terse notice from her bank, Wells Fargo. The available balance on her account read “$0.00.” Her entire life savings of roughly $15,500 had been transferred to “loss prevention.” Was this a case of theft or fraud? Had her account been compromised? Nope.

 

 

“When I called, Wells Fargo told me that it was a ‘business decision,'” Witzke recounted, “and that they have the right to close my account at any time.”

A Wells Fargo representative told Witzke, who is working out of state and has no other bank account, that she would be barred from retrieving her funds at any branch office and that they would “mail a check.” You know how that goes. …

Here is what you need to know about Witzke. The 2020 Delaware Senate GOP candidate is an outspoken Christian conservative activist and supporter of former President Donald Trump who peacefully exercised her First Amendment rights at the Jan. 6 Capitol rally. She has not been charged with any crime. She was, however, suspended on Twitter for peacefully opposing mass migration and violent refugee criminals in Europe. She was banned completely from the platform in March for peacefully expressing her opinion that a transgender activist, who tweeted that little girls were kinky, was “demonic.” She has organized peaceful election integrity efforts in Georgia through her work with the Hold the Line PAC. She has been a fierce and peaceful advocate for “America First” principles protecting the traditional nuclear family, supporting an immigration moratorium and combating Big Tech censorship.

In other words: Lauren Witzke has a big fat target on her back for threatening the powers that be in Big Government and Big Business. After the Jan. 6 protest, she has encountered obstacles to flying unimpeded across the country to participate in political rallies and events. She cannot check into flights online, is swabbed for explosives and has “SSSS” (“secondary security screening selection”) marked on her tickets. That’s a designation made by the federal Transportation Security Administration, which keeps a secret list of untold thousands of American citizens targeted for undisclosed reasons as “security” threats.

This is not just about one private bank making a “business decision” to drop a customer for any old reason. This is an obvious case of coordinated financial censorship and targeting of citizens by Big Government and Big Business based on their political views. …

Before Witzke came a long line of dissidents and nationalist groups—ranging from Laura Loomer to Faith Goldy to the Proud Boys to Lana Lokteff and Henrik Palmgren to VDARE and Nick Fuentes to Gab founder Andrew Torba — all blocked or barred from financial entities ranging from Chase and Barclays to Mastercard, Visa, PayPal, Venmo, Patreon, Stripe, and Coinbase. …

We’ve gone far beyond cancel culture. This is not merely about being silenced. It’s about being robbed, bankrupted and destroyed by woke capital and swamp oppressors. No one is safe.

Gab’s Torba, who has battled de-banking by four different financial institutions and one credit card company, … warns: “Today it’s Lauren; yesterday it was Gab; and tomorrow it can and will be you.”