GoFundMe is an American for-profit crowdfunding platform that allows people to raise money for events ranging from life events such as celebrations and graduations to challenging circumstances like accidents, illnesses, etc. From 2010 to the beginning of 2020, over $9 billion has been raised on the platform, with contributions from over 120 million donors. It advertises itself as the most trusted fund-raising site with the words “Start a crowdfunding site in five minutes. Get help. Give kindness.”
For some reason the platform managers decided that Kyle Rittenhouse was not deserving of help or kindness. In 2020, when friends of Kyle tried to use GoFundMe to raise money for Kyle’s defense, the site managers denied them access. Evidently, like Presidential candidate Joseph Biden and most left-leaning media commentators, GoFundMe managers were ready to convict Rittenhouse without benefit of trial. Kyle’s friends had to look elsewhere to raise funds for his defense.
Following the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse on all charges, GoFundMe issued a statement stating that fundraisers for the teen would now be allowed on the site. This was more than a year after the company pulled down every defense fund for him on its platform.
It’s like refusing a man an umbrella as the rain approaches and selling him one after the sun comes out.