The fine line between private businesses exercising their right to refuse service, and discrimination is a hard issue to finesse, but Wells Fargo seems to have landed on the wrong side of it after they unceremoniously froze and then shut down the accounts of someone whose politics they didn’t care for.
We saw a whole lot of backlash from private businesses when former President Donald Trump made record numbers of people angry to the point of exasperation, however since the extreme measure by tech-based companies went off, essentially unprotested, other, smaller companies, have joined in, and against those that they have less and less issue with.
No one would argue that a private company, not governmentally controlled, who didn’t want to be part of the business of another private citizen/group should have the right to opt out. Especially if that private person or business is taking part in something the first company doesn’t believe in what’s going on (think Masterpiece Bakery in Colorado). However, in the case of Wells Fargo, there was an agreement reached, and the services were unexpectedly revoked, and at a suspiciously inopportune time.
Wells Fargo, which is one of the largest banks in the United States, shut down the accounts of Republican party candidates for the United States Senate representing Delaware, Lauren Witzke some months ago.
Witzke talked about her ordeal in a post on Telegram where she said that her bank account was shut down while traveling and she was left stranded in Florida:
“Wells Fargo has shut down my bank account, taking all of my money and leaving me with a zero balance,” wrote Witzke.
“When I called Wells Fargo told me that it was a ‘business decision’ and that they have the right to close my account at any time. Had I not been surrounded by friends in Florida, I would be completely stranded. Use this as a warning and get your money out of Wells Fargo if you are a conservative. This is so evil.”
This wasn’t the Republican’s first brush with liberal cancelation, however. Witzke said that she, like many on the right, had already been blacklisted by Twitter for condemning the alleged sexualization of minors by Alok Vaid-Menon, a far-left “transfeminine” activist, and, like many, she continued her quest, without the assistance of the modern social networking to fall back on.
When Breitbart News reached out to Wells Fargo for comment, the banking company didn’t deny that they had shut down the account, but they did seem reluctant (possibly denying?) that they did any of it for political reasons. They were notably vague about why they did shut it down, however.
“Wells Fargo does not consider political views or affiliations in making account decisions,” said a Wells Fargo spokesman. “An account may be closed for a number of reasons based on individual facts and circumstances. While we cannot discuss customer accounts because they involve confidential customer information, we can report that we have reviewed this situation and it was handled appropriately. ”
This isn’t the only instance of the company being caught at this same trick though, according to Breitbart. Pete D’Abrosca, who is a conservative activist and a contributor to American Greatness said that his Wells Fargo savings account had been shut down — on the same day as Witzke’s:
“Wells Fargo closed my account without notice, and can’t cut me a check for the balance because the check with the balance is in the mail. They didn’t even have the decency to overnight the check.”
While either or both of the pair might be searching for legal action against the massive banking company, in the interim, conservatives are facing the possibility of being shut out of traditional banking, which would essentially force them to stop participating in modern culture. This is the kind of dystopian eventuality that will make existing as a Republican virtually impossible, without major and immediate intervention.