Following the violent riots at the U.S. Capitol last week, several businesses have distanced themselves from President Donald Trump.
Some companies have paused funding for those who voted against the certification of the 2020 election results, while others have suspended the accounts of those associated with the Washington, D.C. riots, including social media accounts held by the president.
Here we look at the businesses that have cut ties with Trump and those associated with the Capitol riots.
Last week, President Donald Trump was blocked from using Facebook until at least the end of his presidency.
“We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great,” Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive officer of Facebook, which also owns Instagram, said in a statement Thursday.
“Therefore, we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete.”
Facebook also announced it would be pausing all political donations while it reviews its policies.
A spokesperson for Facebook said in a statement: “Following last week’s awful violence in D.C., we are pausing all of our PAC contributions for at least the current quarter, while we review our policies.”
Twitter permanently suspended Trump’s account. In a statement, the company said: “After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them — specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”
The Professional Golf Association (PGA) of America
The golfing association will no longer be hosting the 2022 PGA Championship at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
PGA of America President Jim Richerson stated: “The PGA of America Board of Directors voted tonight [Sunday] to exercise the right to terminate the agreement to play the 2022 PGA Championship at Trump Bedminster.”
“It has become clear that conducting the PGA Championship at Trump Bedminster would be detrimental to the PGA of America brand, and would put at risk the PGA’s ability to deliver our many programs, and sustain the longevity of our mission,” Richerson added in a video statement.
The Trump Organization said in a statement: “We have had a beautiful partnership with the PGA of America and are incredibly disappointed with their decision. This is a breach of a binding contract, and they have no right to terminate the agreement.”
The online payment processing company announced it will no longer be processing payments for the Trump campaign website, citing violations of the company’s user policy, which bans users from promoting violence on its platform.
The e-commerce platform has shut down online stores selling Trump merchandise, including ones run by the Trump Organization and Trump campaign.
A spokesperson for the company noted in a statement: “Shopify does not tolerate actions that incite violence.
“Based on recent events, we have determined that the actions by President Donald J. Trump violate our Acceptable Use Policy, which prohibits promotion or support of organizations, platforms or people that threaten or condone violence to further a cause,” the spokesperson said.
The major cable company and media group is withholding donations to those who voted against the certification of the presidential election.
Comcast noted in a statement: “The peaceful transition of power is a foundation of America’s democracy.
“Consistent with this view, we will suspend all of our political contributions to those elected officials who voted against certification of the electoral college votes, which will give us the opportunity to review our political giving policies and practices,” the company added.
The greeting card company noted in a statement that “the recent actions of Senators Josh Hawley [of Missouri] and Roger Marshall [of Kansas] do not reflect our company’s values,” and said it “requested Sens. Hawley and Marshall to return all HALLPAC campaign contributions.”
Other major businesses
Below are other companies that have suspended contributions for those who voted against the certification of the election results.
- American Express
- Best Buy
- Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
- Morgan Stanley