A Republican from Texas wants to investigate an online crowdfunding platform for allegedly misusing money from kind-hearted people.
Ted Cruz believes the Federal Trade Commission should grill GoFundMe for trying to spend Freedom Convoy donations on a totally different cause.
The California-headquartered business refuses to release funds for truck drivers who oppose coronavirus vaccine mandates. As a result, many of them have been unable to return home to Canada and earn an income due to strict border-crossing rules.
“People paid $10 million to support the Freedom Convoy because they were so proud of the courage of these truck drivers [but] the thieves in Silicon Valley decided, ‘We do not like your politics so we are going to take your money and we are going to give it to people we like,’” he said in a video shared on YouTube.
The senator suspects the commercial business’s change of heart could constitute “deceptive trade practices.”
“When people gave money, they gave money under the promise it would go to the Freedom Convoy, not to whatever left-wing political ideology GoFundMe and other Silicon Valley companies support–they are deceiving consumers, and it is wrong,” he can be heard saying.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) shared similar concerns with his social media followers.
It is a fraud for @gofundme to commandeer $9M in donations sent to support truckers and give it to causes of their own choosing.
I will work with @AGAshleyMoody to investigate these deceptive practices — these donors should be given a refund.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) February 5, 2022
Cruz commended the conviction and solidarity of activists during this difficult time.
“God bless them, they are defending Canada but they are defending America as well,” he said. “That is courage on display that the government does not have the right to force you to comply with their arbitrary mandates–they are standing up for freedom.”
Sen. Cruz also expressed dissatisfaction with left-leaning authorities, the press, and big tech companies that oppose the Freedom Convoy.
“The government hates it and is trying to crush them [and] the corporate media hates it and is trying to silence them,” he said.
“The Canadian truckers are heroes, they are patriots and they are marching for your freedom and for my freedom,” he added.
The remarks came after GoFundMe deleted a fundraiser campaign for the truckers in question.
“[There is] evidence from law enforcement that the previously peaceful demonstration has become an occupation,” the Freedom Convoy fundraising page said, according to Fox News.
A company representative later promised to refund the disputed amounts to their respective donors.