President Donald Trump was already effectively cut out of polite society before the recent purge from social media. It isn’t stopping there for him, and some worry it won’t stop for his supporters either.
Among those concerned about the slippery slope was Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, who mused that the powers that be could take their cancellations much further than they are right now. “How long before they cut off your water and electricity?” Carlson questioned on his program Wednesday, “before UPS won’t deliver your packages?”
After a group of Trump supporters broke into the U.S. Capitol last week in a skirmish that left five dead, the president and some high-profile supporters have since been cut off by companies at a breakneck pace. This is a troubling trend that is beginning with the famous and powerful on the right but could eventually extend to anyone who supported the president — including private citizens.
The president was banned from social media sites, had his contracts with New York City canceled, and was dropped by a major bank based on the events of last week — or rather the narrative that it was his fault. The social media site Parler, not directly affiliated with Trump but friendly to the president and conservatives, had its app taken off Google and Apple and was refused web hosting by Amazon in a move that effectively shut the media company down completely, the New York Post reported.
Trump had no direct role in the incursion at the Capitol, yet he and anyone who supports him are now on the chopping block. Carlson shared how former Major League pitcher and BlazeTV commentator Curt Schilling was dropped by his insurance carrier for expressing support for the president.
“Curt Schilling wrote a social media post defending Donald Trump,” Carlson said. “And in 2021, that’s not allowed. You can lose your insurance for that. You can also lose your bank account, your website, your access to email and social media, your ability to communicate with the outside world, and there’s nothing you can do about it because you can also lose your lawyer,” Carlson continued.
We will be just fine, but wanted to let Americans know that @AIGinsurance canceled our insurance due to my “Social Media profile”
— President Elect Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) January 13, 2021
The host warned that Republicans like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who was somewhat complicit in the impeachment proceedings recently brought about by Democrats, don’t understand that this attack will extend beyond Trump.
“At no point does it seem to have occurred to McConnell or any of the geniuses clustered around him that what is really at stake right now is not the future of Donald Trump, but instead the future of his voters, tens of millions of them, who in the space of the last seven days have seen themselves recast as domestic terrorists,” Carlson warned. “That has happened, but Republicans in Washington don’t seem to have noticed.”
“How long before they cut off your water and electricity? Before UPS won’t deliver your packages? And not to wreck your day, but guess what? Amazon is now one of America’s biggest grocery providers,” Carlson warned. “Good thing you don’t need to eat.”