Wells Fargo: Republicans blackballed from having bank accounts.
They’re coming for you next: In the past week Wells Fargo has unilaterally shut down the bank accounts of two past Republican candidates for Congress, in one case stranding the individual on a trip with no cash.
In both cases the action was taken without warning in a manner that denied the individuals access to a large amount of their own cash. And though Wells Fargo gave no explanation for its action, both individuals strongly suspect it had to do with their political positions.
First conservative activist Lauren Witzke discovered that her Wells Fargo bank accounts had suddenly been shut.
In a post on Telegram, Witzke, who ran as the Republican candidate for the Senate in Delaware in the 2020 elections, revealed that Wells Fargo had completely shut down her bank account, removing all of her money from the system, leaving her with a “zero balance” instead. In a call with the bank, Witzke was informed that the action taken was a purely “business decision,” and that they have the right to close her account down at any time. “Had I not been surrounded by friends in Florida, I would be completely stranded,” she wrote, as she would be stuck out of state with absolutely no money at all.
The lack of explanation from Wells Fargo as to why they closed down Witzke’s bank account opens questions as to why the decision was taken to begin with, and if it had anything to do with her Christian conservative politics. Witzke is a current presenter with TruNews, a Christian broadcast network, and has stood up for America First policies, including joining with fellow conservative activists Nick Fuentes, Laura Loomer, and Michelle Malkin, to push for a greater crackdown on Big Tech in Florida. She had been removed from Twitter after calling out a transgender activist for saying that little girls are “kinky.”
Wells Fargo claimed that the closure was not for political reasons, but would give no other explanation. Since such action by a bank to close an active account with real money in it is incredibly unusual, Witzke’s suspicions about the bank’s political motivations seem entirely reasonable.
Those suspicions were further confirmed by another almost identical story later the same day, where Wells Fargo shuttered one bank account of another former Republican congressional candidate who is now a political journalist.
Former U.S. House candidate and current American Greatness contributor Pete D’Abrosca found out on Tuesday that Wells Fargo had cancelled his savings account “with no explanation.” … D’Abrosca first reported the news on Twitter, writing “@WellsFargo just closed my accounts with no explanation. I’m sure it has *nothing* to do with my political opinions.”
Speaking to National File about the situation, D’Abrosca stated, “Clearly there’s been some kind of conspiracy within Wells Fargo to ban prominent right wingers from using their banking services. … They’ve always had a garbage product and I feel like my money will be safer and put to better use in a local credit union or regional bank,” D’Abrosca added.
The conservative commentator told National File that Wells Fargo had refused to cut him a check in person containing the balance of his account, telling him that a check was already in the mail. When D’Abrosca asked if they could cancel the check and write him a new one, the bank refused, citing the fact that his account was already closed.
“I have three accounts with Wells Fargo, a personal checking, a business checking, and a savings account,” D’Abrosca noted. “The personal savings account is the only account that they banned, so I have two other accounts, I can use my debit card right now. It seems like somebody’s just messing with us. It’s almost as if there’s some cheap diversity moron, or maybe somebody on a rung lower, who has the power and has a list and who is like, ‘Delete, delete, delete.’”
At a minimum these account closures appear as D’Abrosca suggests to be harassment and an effort by some out-of-control individuals within Wells Fargo to damage these conservatives, simply because they are conservative. Just as likely however these decisions are being made by higher management at Wells Fargo, for the same reasons but with the corporation’s official stamp of approval.
Both of these stories however demonstrate that D’Abrosca’s main point about Wells Fargo is valid, that it offers “a garbage product” that all banking customers, whether they are Republicans or Democrats, should avoid. Remember, this is also the same bank that in 2016 paid $185 million in fines for creating two million unauthorized customer accounts, forcing it to fire more than 5,000 employees.
Many employees had quit under the immense pressure to engage in unethical sales practices, and some were even fired for reporting misconduct through the company’s ethics hotline. Senior leadership was aware of these aggressive sales practices as far back as 2004, with incidents as far back as 2002 identified.
Apparently, none of this has really changed at Wells Fargo. It now is simply focused at unethically hurting Republicans and conservatives for political reasons, rather than defrauding customers in general.
Take your business elsewhere. Your money will be more secure, and you will not be helping a corrupt bank play unethical partisan political games.