As Twitchy reported Friday evening, GoFundMe decided to issue refunds to everyone who donated to the Freedom Convoy 2022 fundraiser after saying it was going to distribute unrefunded donations to charity. As Andy Ngo pointed out, GoFundMe hasn’t seen a problem with fundraisers for left-wing causes such as the PDX Protest Bail Fund — a bail fund, meaning money was going to people who’d been arrested during the protests.
The Ottawa Police put out a tweet praising GoFundMe for “withholding funding for these unlawful demonstrations.” If they’re so unlawful, why have there been so few arrests?
We want to thank @gofundme for listening to our concerns as a City and a police service. The decision to withhold funding for these unlawful demonstrations is an important step and we call on all crowdfunding sites to follow.
— Ottawa Police (@OttawaPolice) February 5, 2022
Ottawa police going into work pic.twitter.com/re5kky8m42
— Barry White (@SamWIgnall5) February 5, 2022
I'm just here for the ratio.
— Julie Whoever (@JulieLovesWind) February 5, 2022
God always prevails over evil.
— CraigColboth (@ColbothCraig) February 5, 2022
As a copper, imagine being part of the problem and not the solution. #sadtimes
— Right Said Fred (@TheFreds) February 5, 2022
— Joe Shaw (@jrshaw28) February 5, 2022
@OttawaPolice you said this is unlawful but didn’t explain why. Can you explain how this is unlawful?
— TAIG (@TAIGxrp) February 5, 2022
In other words if you don't follow our belief system you will be canceled
— Mick (@elonsmelon) February 5, 2022
Did you receive direction from the PMO on this?
— Joseph Quesnel (@JosephQuesnelJr) February 5, 2022
It’s also important that these funds not be redistributed to charities not intended by donors to be the recipients. Also, do you always look to gofundme to provide consequences for alleged crimes, or do you still use due process? Asking for everyone.
— ShesWithBruce (@ShesWithBruce) February 5, 2022
If this was @gofundme’s private money, fine. But it’s our money. You pressured them to steal our money and now you’re applauding it.
— Kim Iversen #FreedomConvoy2022 (@KimIversenShow) February 5, 2022
— zak (@ninjavybz7) February 5, 2022
This is going to backfire
— Since_2010 (@Since_201o) February 5, 2022
Thank you both for confirming that the tyrannical agenda is real and not a conspiracy theory 👍
— Trev @ PDSprinting (@PDSPrinting) February 5, 2022
What's it called when the government works to implement its preferred policies (like defunding dissidents) by exerting pressure on/working with nominally private entities like big businesses?
— Libertarian Party Mises Caucus (@LPMisesCaucus) February 5, 2022
You are fascists.
— Jacob Airey (@realJacobAirey) February 5, 2022
This is fascism, @OttawaPolice. Good job.
— Buzz Patterson (@BuzzPatterson) February 5, 2022
You give cops everywhere a bad name
Shame on you, disgusting fascists
— Lauren Chen (@TheLaurenChen) February 5, 2022
This is immoral. These are clearly a peaceful protest against an increasingly totalitarian, pro-segregation, & unpopular government (regime)
— Learnin (@growtoknownow) February 5, 2022
The number of likes vs. comments on this tweet speaks volumes.
— kristy guerreiro (@KristyGuerreiro) February 5, 2022
if they were unlawful then where are the arrests?
— Shogun-Select Ekans Tyrone McChan (@sommenrider) February 5, 2022
Pretty shameful behaviour for a public service body. You are involving yourselves in the politics of the issue and shouldn't be. But they will now raise double elsewhere and you won't be able to touch it.
— Dr Peter Moseley (@PeterMoseley14) February 5, 2022
I used to think Canada was a free nation and permitted peaceful assembly. I hope my Canadian friends take back their freedom eventually.
— Camacho2024 🇺🇸 ⛰ (@jcschmieder) February 5, 2022
Who would’ve thunk that it would be @GoFundMe who would inadvertently wake up millions of people to what real fascism looks like?
— Errol Webber (@ErrolWebber) February 5, 2022
Hey I just finished my Canadian citizenship test. One of the correct answers was 'freedom to associate with anyone you wish and gather peacefully with other people'
I learned it from https://t.co/deRCNjRAQb
I feel like I'm being lied to.
— Ohhnoe (@Ohhnoe) February 5, 2022
It’s a really bad look for the police department to be commenting on GoFundMe’s decision. If it’s unlawful, arrest everyone.
Andy Ngo has the ‘thread of the year’ showing GoFundMe doesn’t seem to take issue with fundraising for leftist ‘occupations’ https://t.co/cfM9tYIeQY
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) February 5, 2022