Trump organization, campaign stores taken down by Shopify

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Stores run by the Trump organization and Trump’s campaign were taken off Shopify on Thursday for violating the company’s policy of supporting people who condone violence.

Official Trump stores that sold Trump merchandise such as his signature “Make America Great Again” hats were removed from the platform, The Wall Street Journal reported. and are permanently banned.

The decision came after Wednesday’s attacks on the Capitol from pro-Trump rioters who believed in Trump’s claims that the election was rigged. 

“Shopify does not tolerate actions that incite violence,” a Shopify spokesperson said. “Based on recent events, we have determined that the actions by President Donald J. Trump violate our Acceptable Use Policy, which prohibits promotion or support of organizations, platforms or people that threaten or condone violence to further a cause. As a result, we have terminated stores affiliated with President Trump.”

Trump in a video on Wednesday during the attack repeated his unsubstantiated claims about his election loss, which have repeatedly been rejected by the courts and state officials. 

Twitter and Facebook on Wednesday temporarily banned Trump from their platforms.

Twitter locked Trump’s account for 12 hours and removed the video he put out during the riot. Trump agreed to remove the video and will have his account back Thursday. Facebook is banning Trump from their platform until Biden’s inauguration day and has also removed the video Trump posted Wednesday.

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have condemned the violence that happened at the Capitol, and some are calling for Trump’s removal from office before Biden’s inauguration. 

The Hill has reached out to Shopify for comment. 

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