CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE LAURA LOOMER DEMANDS BIG TECH GIANTS REVERSE BANS OF INDIVIDUALS IN ORDER TO SAVE LIVES DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

(PALM BEACH, FLORIDA)  Last Friday, Republican Congressional Candidate Laura Loomer hand-delivered a letter to her Democrat opponent, Congresswoman Lois Frankel, to “set aside partisan differences in order to serve the people of Florida’s 21st Congressional District as well as Americans across the nation during the Coronavirus Pandemic.”

As the Coronavirus makes its way around the nation, tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of Americans remain intentionally banned on social media due to their political or religious beliefs.

Laura Loomer stated, “While government officials, agencies, and healthcare experts are posting updates and life-saving information – including access to food – on social media.  Twitter and Facebook are still denying certain Americans access to this information out of pure political bias.  While Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg are obsessed with ‘community standards and conversational health’ as outlined in their ever changing ‘terms of service’, they are isolating and endangering segments of our population from critical and time sensitive information that will literally save lives and prevent the spread of this virus.”

General Consultant to Laura Loomer for Congress, Karen Giorno stated, “While Americans around the nation are bartering for essential food and supplies, including baby formula and toilet paper on the Facebook marketplace, we can’t ignore that a large part of our citizenry is being shut out of the vital community connection that is taking place on social media, the new digital public square. It’s shamefully irresponsible and unacceptable during this global emergency.

Loomer continued, “As the most banned woman in the world, I know what thousands of other Americans are experiencing.  They are in the dark and have to rely on delayed and often incomplete reports about what’s going on in their own community. They are being denied equal access to information, online payment processors, and food delivery services that are being offered by big tech to Americans who have not been banned and are currently living life under quarantine and mandated social distancing. The banning of conservatives by Big Tech must stop and immediately be reversed during the Coronavirus pandemic.”

Rep. Frankel refused to respond to Loomer’s request for cooperation pressuring Big Tech to lift the bans during the Coronavirus pandemic. In fact, her office staff crumpled up the letter upon receiving it and demanded that Loomer’s deputy campaign manager leave the office. 

In response, Frankel announced a tele-townhall on the Coronavirus threat on her Twitter and Facebook accounts – where individuals banned by Big Tech can’t see her announcement.

To view the letter sent to Lois Frankel, click here.

Laura Loomer is leading the race for Florida’s 21st Congressional District and has outraised all other candidates in the race, combined, including Rep. Frankel, for the last two reporting periods.  Loomer was also the first campaign in the nation to modify election activities to lessen the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Updates and Resources

To serve the community of Florida’s 21st Congressional District, we’ve compiled a list of resources for residents.

If you live in Florida, the Florida Department of health has prepared a COVID 19 tool kit.

The Florida Health Department will be updating its site twice a day, at 11 am and 6 pm with new Corona virus updates: https://par.pw/l/yG4jS

Please review and share:

1. Is Palm Beach County under a State of Emergency due to coronavirus?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6dyu1Fe7z8

2. What is the Palm Beach County Health Care District doing to monitor coronavirus?

https://www.hcdpbc.org/

3. Is the Palm Beach County Court open?

https://15thcircuit.com/

4. Is the Palm Beach County School addressing coronavirus?

https://www.x1023.com/coronavirus-and-safety-in-palm-beach-county-schools/

Palm Beach County Schools have announced that school is closed through Friday, Match 27th

5. Where do I go to vote on Election Day?

https://www.pbcelections.org/Voters/My-Status

6. How does the coronavirus spread?

• The virus can spread to people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet) with an infected person when that person coughs or sneezes.
• The virus is spreading between people with no link to travel or to another positive case.
• Scientists disagree on how long COVID-19 lives on surfaces, but it can live on surfaces that people frequently touch. The virus can then be spread if someone touches their eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
• Public health officials are still learning about the virus that causes COVID-19, but it is believed that people who are experiencing symptoms (coughing and sneezing) are most likely to transmit the virus to others.

7. Who are at risk from the coronavirus?

• People who are at most risk for severe illness are people who are over 50 years old or who have other health conditions, including chronic lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, cancer or a weakened immune system.
• People with regular close contact with someone who has or could have COVID-19 are also at higher risk. This includes people who live in the same home, caretakers who work in the home or sexual partners.

8. What are the symptoms of the coronavirus?

• Commonly reported symptoms include: o Fever (temperature over 100.4 degrees F or 38 degrees C) o Cough o Shortness of breath (difficulty breathing) o Sore throat
• If you have any of these symptoms, and they are not due to a preexisting health condition like asthma or emphysema, you may have COVID-19 and you must stay home.

9. Who should get tested for COVID-19?

• Testing should only be used for people who need to be hospitalized for severe illness like pneumonia. This protects health care workers and may affect treatment options.
• At this point, if you have symptoms, assume that you have COVID-19. A positive test will not change what a doctor tells you to do to get better. The best course of action is to stay at home.
• If you are only mildly ill, you can save the life of another New Yorker by staying home to ensure health care resources go to those who need them the most. Take care of others by staying home.

10. What should I do if I get sick with COVID-19 symptoms?

• If you have mild to moderate symptoms, stay home. You should not seek medical care or try to get tested. By staying home, you reduce the possibility of transmission to others, including health care workers who are needed to care for the more seriously ill.
• If you are over 50 years old or have chronic conditions, consult your doctor. They may want to monitor you more closely.
• If your symptoms do not go away or get worse after three to four days, consult with your doctor.
• Stay home for at least seven days after your symptoms started. Make sure that you have been fever-free for three days without the use of fever-reducing drugs, such as Tylenol and ibuprofen. Also, make sure that your cough and sore throat are better before you go back to your routine. If you never had a fever, stay at home for at least three days after your symptoms start improving.
• If you go out to see your doctor, wear a face mask if available. If possible, take a private car, sit in the back seat and roll down the window.
• If you have more severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing and very high fever, go to an emergency department. Call 911 if you need help right away.

11. What should I do if I’m sick at home?

Assume you have COVID-19.
• Do not leave your home except to get medical care or to address other essential needs, such as getting groceries.
• Do not go to school or to work.
• Do not take public transportation. Do not use ride shares or taxis.
• Separate yourself from others in your home, as much as possible. Stay in a different room. Use a separate bathroom if available. If you share a bathroom, disinfect frequently touched surfaces after each use.
• Wear a face mask if available when you need to be in areas with others.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when sneezing or coughing. Do not use your hands to cover your sneeze or cough. Immediately throw out tissues and wash your hands afterward. • Clean surfaces that are frequently touched, such as counters, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures and phones. Clean them after each use or at least once every day. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe. • Do not share personal household items, such as glasses, cups, eating utensils and towels.
• Do not have visitors come to your home.

12. I was confirmed to have COVID-19 or I was sick and may have had COVID-19. How long do I have to stay home?

• If you had or may have had COVID-19, stay home for seven days after your symptoms started, and for three days after your fever has stopped without the use of fever-reducing drugs, such as Tylenol and ibuprofen, and your cough or sore throat symptoms have improved.
• If you never had a fever, stay at home for at least three days since your symptoms started improving.

13. How can I protect myself and others from COVID-19?

• Avoid all unnecessary events, travel or interactions. Stay at home as much as you can.
• Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when sneezing or coughing. Do not use your hands.
• Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands. • Do not shake hands. Instead, wave or elbow bump.
• Monitor your health more closely than usual for cold or flu symptoms.
• Create more personal space between yourself and others. This is called social distancing.

14. How do I practice social (physical) distancing?

• Stay home as much as possible.
• Create more physical space between yourself and others.
• Keep at least 6 feet between yourself and others, whenever possible.
• Do not gather in large crowds.
• Work from home, if possible.
• Avoid all nonessential travel.
• Avoid all nonessential social interactions.

15. What can I do to help others in my Community?

• If you feel sick, stay home.
• If you are not feeling sick, stay home as much as possible and practice social (physical) distancing.
• Do not seek a COVID-19 test unless you are sick and do not feel better after three to four days. If you have mild or moderate symptoms, do not seek health care. This will let New Yorkers who are more sick access the care that they need.
• Do not hoard face masks. Our health care providers need face masks to stay healthy and to care for the most critically ill.

16. What is the limit for a mass gathering?

• No gathering of 50 or more people.

17. What are the Palm Beach County coronavirus restrictions?

https://www.wflx.com/2020/03/16/mandatory-curfew-palm-beach-starts-tuesday/

18. Where do I find Palm Beach County information on the coronavirus?

http://discover.pbcgov.org/pages/COVID19.aspx

19. What does the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office say?

http://www.pbso.org/news/corona-virus-information/

20. Where do I get information to get tested in Palm Beach County?

https://www.bocaratontribune.com/bocaratonnews/2020/03/company-to-provide-free-coronavirus-testing-in-west-palm-beach/

21. Where are cases showing up in Palm Beach County?

https://www.mysuncoast.com/2020/03/16/with-number-cases-increasing-florida-unveils-new-map-showing-spread-coronavirus/

22. What did Governor DeSantis state with regards to coronavirus and Bars?

Bars and clubs have been ordered to close for 30 days in Florida.

23. How many cases of coronavirus are currently in Palm Beach County according to the Health Dept.?

Total Cases: 9
Travel-Related cases: 7

Demographics as follows:
Age Range: 25-76
Men: 7
Women: 2

24. What has the Laura Loomer campaign done to protect volunteer and community safety during the Coronavirus threat?

Laura Loomer was the first candidate in the nation to modify their tactics to protect her volunteers and community and has canceled her petition drive to appear on the primary ballot and will instead pay the filing fee to obtain ballot access.

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CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE LAURA LOOMER BECOMES FIRST CAMPAIGN IN THE NATION TO MODIFY TACTICS TO INCREASE VOLUNTEER AND COMMUNITY SAFETY DURING CORONAVIRUS THREAT

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(PALM BEACH, FLORIDA)  On Monday morning, out of concern for the health and safety of campaign volunteers and the residents of Florida’s 21st Congressional District, Republican Congressional Candidate Laura Loomer canceled her petition drive to appear on the primary ballot and will instead pay the filing fee of $10,440 to obtain ballot access.

Laura Loomer stated, “While voter engagement is a passion for me and our campaign volunteers, following the White House and CDC’s recommendations I felt it best to limit the community’s exposure to the Coronavirus in every way that I could.  We’re not placing a single volunteer’s health or community wellness ahead of our campaign goals. ”

General Consultant to Laura Loomer for Congress, Karen Giorno stated, “Our volunteers and staff are healthy, and we plan to stay that way.  Our tactics are changing out of necessity and will not slow down the growth and enthusiasm of this winning campaign.”

Florida’s 21st Congressional District is home to the Trump family and a significant number of Senior Citizens and their health and safety is a priority to the campaign.

In addition to ending the petition drive, the campaign is also temporarily suspending door-knocking activities within the community and shifting voter interaction to home phone banking and online outreach. 

Loomer’s campaign is the undisputed frontrunner in the primary race and has outraised all other opponents in the election combined since announcing her candidacy in August of 2019. 

The first quarter of 2020 is two weeks away and the campaign will be reporting the strong fundraising totals on March 31st.

Loomer emphasized, “Shifting campaign tactics to keep our community of Senior Citizens healthy won’t deter or lessen our effectiveness and I look forward to the sprint to the end as soon as the risk of the Coronavirus passes.” 

Laura Loomer for Congress is the first campaign in the nation to modify election activities to lessen the spread of COVID-19.

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CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE LAURA LOOMER OUTRAISES DEMOCRAT INCUMBENT FOR THE SECOND TIME

Frankel’s Lack of Voter Support Evident by Pay-to-Play Access to the Ballot and only 159 Donors

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(Palm Beach, Florida)  Republican candidate for Congress in Florida’s 21st District Laura Loomer announced that her campaign has raised $202,135 in the 4th Quarter of 2019, outraising Democrat Incumbent Lois Frankel for a second time.

The newest fundraising report proves momentum of the campaign with a 25% increase in contributions compared to the previous quarterly report.

During this cycle to date, over 7,000 donations have been received by the campaign from all 50 states with Florida residents being the top contributors.  The average contribution was $56 proving widespread support among the voting public.

By contrast, Laura Loomer’s opponent, Congresswoman Lois Frankel received contributions from only 159 individuals during the 2019 election cycle, with an average gift of $856.  Frankel received the majority of her donations from political action committees including Michael Bloomberg’s gun control PAC.

Frankel’s lack of public support is reflective of her absence within the district.  In 2018, 2016, 2014, and 2012, Lois Frankel failed to obtain public support through petitioning and paid a total of $41,776 to have her name printed on the ballot each election year.

Loomer stated, “I’m grateful for the support of Floridians and the ongoing contributions from Americans across the nation.  Our fundraising success is proof that our America First message resonates with a majority of the public.”

Karen Giorno, President Trump’s 2016 Florida State Director and chief strategist for the Loomer campaign commented, “It’s astonishing that a sitting member of Congress has only 159 donors to support a reelection campaign.  The lack of effort by Lois Frankel is emblematic of her do-nothing tenure in Congress.  She’s earned the name, ‘Lazy Lois’ .”

Loomer’s campaign has outraised Democrat incumbent Lois Frankel, as well as all primary challengers combined for the second quarter in a row, making her the undeniable Republican frontrunner against a formidable adversary in the General Election.

Giorno continued, “Unlike our opponent, Lois Frankel, our campaign doesn’t rely on large contributions from fat cat donors, teacher’s unions and Michael Bloomberg.  We’ve had to work hard and reinvest donations to build a massive base of fundraising and grassroots support that will serve us through November.”

Loomer’s campaign contacted supporters through phone, text, email, Telegram, Parler and Gab over 7 million times in 2019 with campaign updates, calls-to-action and requests for donations.  Throughout 2019, the campaign had no posts on Twitter or Facebook and no advertising dollars were spent on social media platforms.

Loomer closed by stating, “Despite being shut down by Big Tech, we’ve put in the hard work to stay connected with supporters on a daily basis.  Now that’s it’s 2020, we’ll be applying those same efforts to connect with and engage voters in District 21.  We’re winning this.  This campaign will not be silenced.”

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CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE LAURA LOOMER FILES COMPLAINT AGAINST TWITTER WITH FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION

(PALM BEACH, FLORIDA) This morning, Republican Congressional Candidate Laura Loomer filed a formal complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Twitter for providing in-kind corporate contributions to her opponent, Democrat Congresswoman Lois Frankel.

Loomer was previously banned by Twitter as a private citizen and investigative journalist. As a federal candidate for office, Twitter’s ban remains in place, providing a significant benefit to her opponent.

Counsel for Laura Loomer for Congress, Charlie Spies stated, “This is a first-of-its-kind complaint and takes into account the influential role that social media corporations play in our elections.”

Spies continued, “Once Ms. Loomer became a federal candidate, it became illegal for Twitter to ban her while providing free access to her Democrat opponent. Corporate owned public forums like Twitter must either provide equal time and access for all candidates for public office, or charge market value. Twitter should not be exempt from Equal Time laws, and a violation like the one occurring with Ms. Loomer is an impermissible in-kind corporate contribution to her opponent.”

Laura Loomer stated, “It’s time to challenge Twitter and put an end to what amounts to blatant election interference. While Democrats want to distract Americans with cries of ‘Russian Bots’ and ‘Fake News’ as influencing our elections, Jack Dorsey and his staff at Twitter are overtly giving massive benefits to Democrat candidates, including my opponent, Rep. Lois Frankel.”

Spies closed by stating, “Twitter has become a primary method of communication for candidates and elected officials to speak directly to their supporters without the filter of the media. President Trump proved this in 2016 and continues the practice today. Twitter’s continued ban against Laura Loomer, prevents her campaign from having equal access that is required under the law.”

Laura Loomer is running for Congress in Florida’s 21st Congressional District which is the voting residence of President and Mrs. Trump.

Last week, Ms. Loomer was invited to speak by Florida State Senator Joe Gruters as he introduced legislation to stop social media bias and allow individuals to sue social media companies who ban individuals for political or religious speech. Senator Gruters stated his legislation was inspired by Ms. Loomer.

The complaint filed by Mr. Spies on behalf of Ms. Loomer calls for Twitter to end its illegal, in-kind contributions provided to Rep. Frankel and enjoin the social media giant from any and all violations that impact all candidates for public office today and in the future.

You can read the complaint here.

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Laura Loomer’s Gruters’ Press Conference Speech Tallahassee, Florida

STOP THE BIAS

Background: Florida Senator Joe Gruters is introducing legislation that allows Floridians to sue social media companies that ban or suppress accounts due to political or religious speech.

Thank you Senator Gruters for inviting me to speak at the Florida State Capital today to tell my story. 

My name is Laura Loomer, and I am the most banned, censored woman in the world. I am 26 years old, I’m a conservative investigative journalist, a Florida resident, and a Florida business owner.

You might be thinking to yourself: how exactly is Laura Loomer the most censored person? How did she get banned on every social media site?

By telling the truth. By posting facts. By speaking up in America where we supposedly have free speech.

But this story isn’t about me. It’s about every American. What has happened to me can and will happen to all of you, and as it’s said, how goes Florida goes the nation, which is why Senator Joe Gruters’s proposed legislation is so important.

As a nation, this is about how we, together as Republicans and Democrats, must always fight back to protect our First Amendment Right.

With the Internet Age and now with Social Media, we’ve crossed thresholds in communication regarding the way in which we interact, influence and inform each other.

This is not the first time technology has changed our society and it’s not the first time that laws have struggled to keep up with changing technologies.

From the invention of Movable Type, to radio, to television, the Internet, and now with Social Media, human interaction is in constant flux, and, as always, there are people who want to control the flow of information. There are people who want to control what we see, how we see it, and when we see it. If you control those three things, you can control the masses. You can control the world.

Two hundred and fifty years ago, the British Crown struggled to control Revolutionary Printers.

The printers who drove our independence from England were not large corporations or media outlets. In most cases, they were entrepreneurs working alone.

Today we would call many of them Independent Journalists.

One of those entrepreneurs was Isaiah Thomas.

Thomas created the Massachusetts Spy, which was published with the motto, “Open to all parties, but influenced by none.”

Let me repeat that motto because I’ll come back to it later: “Open to all parties, but influenced by none.”

Thomas’ publication would be an early version of social media where influential voices submitted their opinions on the issues of the day.

But, like me, Thomas faced significant opposition.

British troops at the direction of the King organized mobs to protest outside his print shop and put together hostile parties to silence Thomas.

Thomas escaped with his life and his printing presses and continued to defy the King with his work to support General George Washington and the American Patriots.

The dialog created by the printers of the Revolutionary War was inflammatory, it definitely violated the community standards of the time, and I guarantee that many feelings were hurt by the words contained in those pamphlets. 

But the American Colonists were wise enough to form their own opinions with the information provided by those independent journalists.

The King’s attempts to suppress independent thoughts and views failed.

Knowing what we know today, America would be a totally different nation without the printers of the Revolution.

Today, circumstances are eerily similar.

History is repeating itself with a battle of ideas in which Independent Journalists and even families around a dinner table – representing diverse views – are fighting to disseminate their thoughts to a community eager for information and connectivity.

Yet today, rather than allowing peaceful discourse to take place, a group of young billionaires who are acting like kings, try to control what we say, what we hear, what we see and most importantly, what we believe.

I’m taking about billionaires Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter, and Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google.

Rather than trusting average working Americans to gather knowledge and form their own opinions, these three technology-focused men actively work to control information for their own self interests.

And as controlling monopolies, they’re literally reshaping society based upon what type of speech generates the most clicks for their advertisers and aligns with their own personal political views.

They use the excuse that public debate and discussion is “dangerous” – but only if your political views are suppressing their profits, their personal views or the special interests of their allies.

Senator Gruters’ legislation is a wakeup call to Florida and the nation, as what’s really dangerous is allowing three billionaires in Silicon Valley to define what political and religious thoughts and ideas are appropriate.

And as the most banned woman in the world, while the damage and trauma has been significant, I’m not here to tell you about the real harm that has been done to my career and my reputation at the hands of Facebook, Twitter and other big tech companies. I’m here to warn you so that it doesn’t happen to you, or any other Floridian or American.

I was permanently banned by every single major social media company for posting a tweet in which I called Ilhan Omar “anti-Jewish”, a now widely known fact that spurred a Democrat Congressional resolution regarding anti-Semitism. Twitter said my tweet was “hate speech”, and within minutes of being banned, millions of people were inundated with news reports about how I was banned for “hateful content”. Big tech social media sites are defamation machines.

Tech Giants use “hate speech” as a term and reason to ban individuals who they disagree with.  In reality, there’s no such thing as “hate speech.”  There are certainly hate crimes and always have been throughout human history.  But hate speech is a new, manufactured term that is designed to silence conservatives and political dissidents. “Hate speech” is a term used to disenfranchise a group of people and it’s the quickest way to make someone a social outcast.

The frivolous use of terms like “Hate speech” by these companies and their executives are now having serious and actual dangerous effects on the lives of Floridians, myself included.

When Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 storm was expected to make land fall in Palm Beach, Florida near Mar-a-Lago several months ago, liberals cheered on social media with the hope that it would wipe out the Winter White House and the Trump family.  Is that hate speech?

When Louis Farrakhan called Jews “termites” and called for their extermination on Twitter, was that hate speech?  According to Twitter, it was not.

When members of Antifa openly call for the killing of the President of the United States, is that hate speech?  Again, according to Twitter, it is not.

In May, 2019, Facebook labeled me a “dangerous individual”, they designated me as a terrorist, and permanently banned me from both Facebook and Instagram. In response, I filed a defamation lawsuit against Facebook in Florida. The day I filed my lawsuit, Facebook changed their terms of service and said it was ok for its nearly 2 billion users to incite “high severity violence” and post “death threats” against those labeled “dangerous” by Facebook.

Was it hate speech when Facebook created these new rules that promote violence against me and other “dangerous individuals”? I guess it’s not because that’s their rule. Who gave Facebook the authority to designate private citizens “dangerous” and “terrorists”?

As Florida lawmakers, you have to propose legislation as Senator Gruters recently did if you want to designate a group as a terrorist organization. Why does Facebook think they have legislative authority to make violent blanket statements that have permanent, harmful repercussions on an individual’s reputation and their ability to make a living for the rest of their lives?

Clearly we are now at a point in time where these social media companies feel they have more power than people like you…elected officials and lawmakers.

That is what you call tyranny, and it’s why our founding fathers created the Constitution. The First Amendment was created to protect Americans from the tyrannical actions of the British Kings who are now resurrecting themselves in the form of tech executives.

I’m here today as a walking, living, breathing example to educate you about the harm that’s being done to society, and will continue to take place if we don’t end social media bias dead in its tracks.

Today, the Tech Giants are actively working to influence the 2020 elections in favor of the Democrats.

In 2024, as Mark, Jack, and Sundar get older and want a few more tax cuts, they could very well switch their rules and algorithms to favor Republicans.

Beyond politics, as Mark, Jack, and Sundar reinvest their billions into crypto currency, health care, and Artificial Intelligence, their current capability to ban speech will easily become the ability to ban an individual from society.

That should be a frightening thought but it’s something I’ve experienced for years.  I’m banned not just by social media companies, but I’m banned by financial institutions. Last year, Chase bank shut down my online access to my bank account, along with the bank accounts of several other high profile conservatives. I was also banned by PayPal, which accounted for nearly 90% of my income. Shortly after, I was also banned by Venmo and GoFundMe.

This is what you call financial blacklisting, and it is happening to many conservative Americans. Today it’s me, but tomorrow it could be you if you post an opinion the tech tyrants disagree with.

I can’t even use Uber to get a ride to the hospital – because I’m banned for my views, and I’m also not able to order a sandwich on Uber Eats because of my opinions.

How many other Floridians have been pushed to the fringes of society because of a single tweet or post on Facebook?

On Thursday, Pablo Lima, a police officer in Bay Harbor Florida was suspended by the Bay Harbor Islands police force for simply liking a political Facebook post on his wife’s Facebook page. Lima’s wife is Annabelle Lima-Taub, a Jewish Commissioner in Hallendale Beach, FL. Last year, her employment and political position were threatened after several Leftist activist groups lobbied to have her fired over a non-violent political Facebook post in which she criticized Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib for her associations with terrorist groups. The post was denounced as “hate speech”, but Lima-Taub remained unapologetic, arguing that Tlaib’s support for the BDS movement suggested Tlaib is in favor of Hamas and Hezbollah.

This is a political opinion. A political opinion Lima-Taub’s husband Pablo “liked” on Facebook and is now facing a professional suspension for. This is a man, a public servant who has dedicated his life to serving his community, and now it’s all in jeopardy over a completely legal Facebook post.

Are we not allowed to have political opinions anymore here in America?

 As an officer, Lima puts his life on the line everyday as a public servant in Florida, protecting and serving his community….but he’s not allowed to “like” a social media post?

The extreme to which Americans and Florida residents and families are being targeted on social media for their political speech is un-American, and it should scare all of you that you can live your life as an honest person, as a person who cares for others and abides by the law, and at the same time you could be fired, silenced, deemed “dangerous”, and be excommunicated from society and the digital public square for simply posting political speech on social media, or just “liking” a political post as both officer Lima and his wife, Annabelle, did.

As I did. And as millions of other Americans have, and will continue to do.

How many Floridians can’t get live access to public service announcements and hurricane evacuation routes because they’ve been kicked off of Twitter and Facebook?

In 10 years, how many Floridians banned on social media will be denied home loans, health insurance, or a bank account due to the Chinese-style social credit scores that are being developed and implemented here in America by the Tech Giants?

Senator Gruters’ bill stops this nightmare scenario before it has a chance to expand, and it gives tech billionaires Mark, Jack, and Sundar the ability to reconsider their stances and consider following the lead of Isaiah Thomas and his motto, “Open to all parties, but influenced by none.”

I urge all Florida politicians and lawmakers to look beyond partisan politics when considering this legislation.  Floridians must be protected from the whims and uninformed perspectives of three power hungry Silicon Valley billionaires.

Together, we can and will Stop The Bias.

Thank you Senator Gruters.