Mathew Blanchfield – CEO of a New Mexico search engine optimization company called 1st in SEO – announced via a blog post on his site that he would no longer hire, work with, or do business with anyone who supports Donald Trump, voted for him, or supports the Republican Party:
“America has elected Donald Trump, a racist, sexist, fascist, to be our next president. 1st In SEO will no longer do business with any person that is a registered Republican or supports Donald Trump. 1st In SEO will also not do business with business interests that support either the Republican Party or Donald Trump. 1st In SEO obviously has no actual means of determining our clients’ or prospective clients’ political standing. We will rely on the integrity of the men and women who are our clients currently to find another Search Engine Optimization provider if they are Republicans, voted for Donald Trump or support Donald Trump. If you are a Republican, voted for Donald Trump or support Donald Trump, in any manner, you are not welcome at 1st In SEO and we ask you to leave our firm.”
After explaining that his Republican/Donald Trump-leaning business associates need to find another company, he renewed his support for Democrats:
“To our Democrat and Progressive clients, we want to recommit to you that we will continue to work diligently to improve your internet marketing results in this quickly changing world.”
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So, it’s pretty clear that he’s not interested in interacting with, working with, or hiring anyone who’s ever said anything nice about Trump or the Republican Party.
Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Doesn’t this sound like the wedding cake lawsuits, except on a much grander scale? The owners of Sweet Cakes didn’t want to support a same-sex wedding, so they politely turned down the lesbian couples’ business, and then they got sued into oblivion.
I support the small business’s right to turn down business for any reason, and I support Blanchfield’s right not to want to associate with Trump/GOP supporters. I just think that Blanchfield’s decision will rapidly come back to bite him when he sees how many people around him either support Trump and/or the Republican Party, or who were outraged over his discriminatory practices, regardless of who they voted for. Check out his interview with Fox News’s Tucker Carlson: