Harold Hutchison / July 13, 2021

WinRed Becomes the Latest Victim of Left-Wing Abuse

Four state attorneys general are targeting the platform for simply operating like its leftist counterpart, ActBlue.

Your Patriot Post team hates being right sometimes. When it comes to the long list of abuses and usurpations that the Left has inflicted on grassroots Patriots, we wanted to be wrong about the burgeoning pattern. Instead, that long list just keeps getting longer.

One of most dangerous of those abuses is the situation involving WinRed, an online fundraising platform for Republican candidates and causes. Four state attorneys general, including New York’s hard-left Letitia James, who is trying to dissolve the NRA, have targeted the platform for using similar tactics as ActBlue, the Left’s massive, integrated fundraising organization. WinRed is suing these AGs in federal court to halt their abusive investigation.

Whether the tactic at issue in this case — requiring people to uncheck a box if they don’t want to make a recurring donation — should or shouldn’t be used can be debated. That being said, when it comes to acting against those who use this fundraising tactic, one principle should be beyond debate: There needs to be a single set of rules that applies equally to all fundraisers — not one set of rules for those who back Republicans and another for those who back Democrats.

At this point, there isn’t just one set of rules — at least not that we can see. Only WinRed is being targeted for its approach. Democrat campaigns that use this same tactic get a pass from those AGs. We can only reiterate what we’ve said on multiple occasions: Double standards are a deadly toxin to the Rule of Law and should be called out wherever they exist.

It goes without saying what would happen if WinRed, like the NRA before it, has to devote resources to deal with such harassment, but that may be the actual plan of James and her fellow stooges.

This is not the only such abuse, though. The railroading of Rudy Giuliani in New York and DC by courts acting as partisan operatives, and Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s planned inquisition against those who questioned that state’s handling of the 2020 election are but two examples at the state and local level that didn’t get the headlines of, say, the NSA’s spying — and subsequent leaking — involving Fox News’s Tucker Carlson.

Much attention may be focused on a recent viral Twitter thread that was discussed by Carlson that touches on the thought process many grassroots Patriots are taking with the latest actions from the Biden administration. But that thread and Tucker’s seven-minute, 16-second video only tells part of the story. A quick review of the rhetoric and lies that have been aimed at Grassroots Patriots going back to the Contract With America shows that abuses and lies were going on long before Trump rode down the escalator to announce his 2016 bid for the presidency.

Given that track record, many grassroots Patriots rightly fear how far the Left will go. For all its talk about the dangers of rhetoric, the portrayal of Republicans as Nazis, Klansmen, ISIS, al-Qaeda, and other icons of evil gets dismissed by the establishment, even though there is credible evidence that such smears motivated violence against Republicans at the very least, and it’s an open question what else it might have motivated people to do.

The Left famously has claimed that words and actions have consequences. But while the leftist establishment wields that phrase against Trump, they forget that their own actions have consequences, too. This includes the growing suspicion about their move against WinRed — a move for which accountability is already long overdue.

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