The 'purge'! Companies exact revenge on Trump supporters
Are U.S. companies retaliating against employees and cutting ties with customers who supported President-elect Donald Trump?
Since the Nov. 8 election, stories of businesses demanding resignations and severing ties with Trump-backing clients have been surfacing in the media and online.
1st In SEO: ‘We ask that you leave our firm’
In one case, Matthew Blanchfield of the New Mexico online marketing company 1st In SEO announced he is canceling all client accounts belonging to Republicans and Trump voters.
“America has elected Donald Trump, a racist, sexist fascist, to be our next president,” Blanchfield wrote in a Nov. 11 letter posted on the company website. “1st In SEO will no longer do business with any person that is a registered Republican or supports Donald Trump. 1st In SEO will also not do business with business interests that support either the Republican Party or Donald Trump. …
“If you are a Republican, voted for Donald Trump or support Donald Trump in any manner, you are not welcome at 1st In SEO, and we ask that you leave our firm.”
Blanchfield said his company “will do everything in our power” to ensure it severs ties with any person or business that “supports fascism.”
In addition to rejecting Republicans and Trump supporters, Blanchfield says his company will refuse to do business with “anyone who supports our country’s president elect.” He urged his current clients to respond to his letter and “confirm where you stand politically.”
On Wednesday, the company tweeted: “If you support Trump, your business is not welcome here.”