Anti-Trump Crafters: A Decade-Long Unraveling

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Ravelry.com ejected conservative members who support President Donald Trump
Ravelry.com ejected conservative members who support President Donald Trump in the name of inclusivity.

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Fun fact: I've been crocheting since I was 10, when my Tita Lisa taught me the magic of granny squares. Fellow yarn nerds will understand the heavenly bliss of spending hours at Hobby Lobby or Walmart immersed in a sea of alpaca, mohair, angora, super bulky and super saver skeins for blankets, baby clothes, hats, headbands, scarves, bookmarks and potholders. (Yes, I've made them all!) I passed on the tradition to my artsy teenage daughter; teaming up on a Christmas afghan for my dad last year was one of my favorite ever projects.

Are you surprised? You shouldn't be. Creativity and crafting transcend political ideology — or so you might think.

This week, Ravelry.com, one of the internet's most popular gathering sites for crocheters and knitters with a reported 8.5 million users, publicly smeared and ejected conservative members who support President Donald Trump — all in the name of protecting their preciously “inclusive” safe space. Excluding to include. Welcome to the opposite world. On Sunday (there's no rest for vengeful social justice warriors), Ravelry's founders announced:

“We are banning support of Donald Trump and his administration on Ravelry. This includes support in the form of forum posts, projects, patterns, profiles, and all other content.”

The progressive operators at Ravelry declared that every right-winger on the fiber arts forum who supports our commander in chief is really just a KKK domestic terrorist wielding sharp needles instead of flaming crosses and nooses. It doesn't matter whether you support the White House because you are pro-borders, pro-life, pro-entrepreneur, pro-limited government, anti-collectivist or anti-socialist.

“We cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy,” Ravelry management declared.

In case you weren't clear on Ravelry equating all Trump support with virulent racism, the defamers decried: “Support of the Trump administration is undeniably support for white supremacy.”

So watch out, America. Knitted MAGA beanies are the new MAGA baseball caps of hate. “TRUMP 2020” tea cozies are the new white hoods. Red, white and blue twisted cable ear warmers are subversive tools of racist oppression.

But here's the thing I know from being in contact with conservative knitters and crocheters over the past decade: Ravelry's ideological bigotry is not just about Trump. They simply cannot countenance anyone in their community who disagrees with them on any political matter. During the 2008 presidential election season and into 2009, I heard from Republican hobbyists whose lively discussion boards were shut down on Ravelry.

Janna S. wrote to warn that “while this may not be making waves in the headlines, there is an upswing in conservative censorship that has hit cyberspace.” A group on Ravelry called “The Bunker,” which had more than 200 members who discussed GOP politics and knitting patterns, was singled out and shut down after liberal, pro-Obama members complained about its presence. Ravelry accused the conservative crafters of a “culture of anger and “us versus them” stance.

One of the Bunker's active members, Melissa, reported to me that Ravelry co-founder Casey Forbes had replied to right-leaning users asking how peacefully expressing their opinions violated their terms of service by “making excuses for the fact that he just doesn't like conservative people on his website. … Many of our members are mothers or grandmothers and are completely harmless. We've all been discriminated against because we think and believe differently.”

Meanwhile, rabid leftists who promoted misogynist sweaters slamming Sarah Palin as “c—y” went unpunished. A forum titled “What Would You Do To Sarah Palin” inviting liberal members to post physical threats was allowed to thrive.

“The problem here is not that the site owners decided that they didn't want an active, vocal conservative group on their site. That is certainly their right as site owners,” Melissa noted. “The issue is the double standard and the denigration of the reputations of all members of The Bunker and the injury and/or destruction of some members' businesses. The far-left is not only tolerated on Ravelry, they are nurtured and encouraged. Their bad behavior goes unchallenged.”

This was more than 10 years ago, mind you, long before the latest wave of suppression, shadow-banning, algorithm-rigging, de-platformings, and defamation of right-minded people by Twitter, Facebook and Google/YouTube.

The speech-squelching imperative of the far left is a thread that traces back to the 1960s, when radical philosopher Herbert Marcuse popularized the “repressive tolerance” theory of modern progressives. “Liberating tolerance would mean intolerance against movements from the right and toleration of movements from the left,” Marcuse taught. “Certain things cannot be said, certain ideas cannot be expressed, certain policies cannot be proposed.”

In advance of the 2020 election, no space in the internet square is safe from “inclusive” exclusion. Silicon Valley's overlords, like Ravelry's petty tyrants, have no interest in promoting diversity, discussion and community. They are bent on decimating debate and dissent while wrapped in thick, woolly blankets of hypocrisy and sanctimony.


Michelle Malkin
Michelle Malkin

About: Michelle Malkin

Michelle Malkin is host of “Michelle Malkin Investigates” on CRTV.com. As well as the author of “Who Built That: Awe-Inspiring Stories of American Tinkerpreneurs” and “Sold Out: How High-Tech Billionaires & Bipartisan Beltway Crapweasels Are Screwing America…” . Her email address is [email protected]

  • 27 thoughts on “Anti-Trump Crafters: A Decade-Long Unraveling

    1. Ravelry’s inspiration must have been Madame DeFarge, of “A Tale Of Two Cities” a mean b&?/h, who sat by the guillotine, knitting in names of her enemies.

    2. I never thought the “swamp creatures” could invade the wholesome world of knitters and weavers but here they are. I can only hope that the management of Ravalry in its total and complete hypocracy sees its business disappear. Yes, in this country, that they clearly hate so much, one is entitled to insult half the population but that same half has the right to walk away from them. I for one am doing exactly that. I am physically ill when I see what is becoming a hate-fillled and intolerant country. Wake up people. Enough is enough. We’re headed into a very scary place when the hate invades something as innocent as a knitting site. Really?

      1. Agree with you totally Janice M. I struggle with the “walk away” is what I am struggling with lately. I understand the noble response but unless there is a frontal part of our reactions when will the craziness stop or slow down?

    3. They came for my knitting needles but I didn’t knit.
      Then they came for my yarn but I didn’t crochet……

      Why should anyone stand up for freedoms we value if we don’t stand up for one’s they find important? We not only need to stand together to be stronger but we need to stand together because it’s the right thing to do. BUT, there are two freedom issues at play here. This is tough because as stupid as I find their thinking, it is a private company. A company has the right to be wrongheaded and if that is their choice, we need to support whomever makes the effort to be on the correct side of the issue. Best thing I could envision is them going broke based on their close minded attitude. I hope someone starts a really effective competition with them and helps their bottom line see the error of their ways.

    4. Update:
      Heard from a family member who is/was active there, one of the former members has had enough and has started a go fund me type drive for initial design and upkeep of a competitor site to Ravelry. There are individuals fighting the stupidity.

    5. This is just another example of the left’s Derangement Syndrome. When are we going to say ENOUGH? This pisses me off more than you can imagine.

    6. The left follows many tactics suggested by radical works from history.
      The following is excerpted from Edward Bernays’ – Propaganda (1928)

      + Dominate the communications media to marginalize any opposing view.
      + Enlist celebrities, authorities, and trusted group leaders, who control the opinions of their followers.
      + Actively create circumstances that engage the public by dramatizing issues, personalities, and events, sometimes by highlighting a particularly compelling detail.

      Sound familiar?

    7. This may offer an opportunity. Ravelry is small enough that if large numbers of conservative crafters were to contact their advertisers, it could crush them. The Left has been using this tactic for a long time. I don’t see why we shouldn’t fight fire with fire. An email/phone campaign is in order.

    8. The Nazi’s did a great job of shutting down every dissenting voice in Germany in the 1930’s.
      Study your history folks. Today’s liberals are following Adolf Hitler’s playbook!

        1. Saw something eerie yesterday. A disaster compilation on YouTube. One of them was one of the first schools to get natural gas heat (it was free, then…and odorless.) The chancellor of Germany sent a letter of condolence after the accidental explosion. In German. Guess who that was 🙂

    9. The left is all about love, tolerance, and inclusiveness, as long as you agree with them. If you don’t you’re a racist, homophobic, nazi bigot because shut up, reasons, and TRUMP!

      1. @Carl, Why yes, yes they have. The Green Rat Fink is there, at this very moment, along with all the other first rung propagandists that come and go. Why ever would you even ask?

      2. @Carl

        If by refugees you mean the people who have been chased off after being caught in lie after lie, and repeated attempts to salvage their reputations only caused further humiliation.

        Some today can still be found working for places like the New York Times, CNN, or running for congress. Most however just show up with a new nickname and hope nobody recognizes them for who they are.

    10. “What a crock of shit” as my dad use to say. These idiots can not find a single racist thing Trump has said they just keep repeating that he is. What a bunch of idiots.

      1. @ Terry, as my grandpa used to say…” they can’t tell the difference between shit n shinola.” The left has truly lost it’s way, and can’t seem to understand that there are still a bunch of us that do know the difference. But your grandpa’s saying still rings true. I’m sure many people today do not know what shinola is.

    11. I do not knit or such stuff, but my wife does. She brought this to my attention the other day and I was shocked about this as I focus on other subjects. It has shown me that censorship efforts are reaching farther then I imagined.
      I am the one in the house that lives and dies by following politics, but my wife and I share a lot of same views.
      I am hoping she shares this with people in her circle of friends who “middle of the road” and don’t think much about politics.

      1. My wife mentioned this too, but to be honest, I was not surprised. Nothing that the ‘progresives’ do really surprises me any more. Keep your powder dry….

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