Knitting Website Bans Supporting Trump, Equates With “White Supremacy”

Ravelry, a popular website dedicated to knitting, has recently decided to ban users from expressing their support for President Trump, which they likened to “support for white supremacy.”

In a statement on Sunday, the website announced, “We are banning support of Donald Trump and his administration on Ravelry,” and went on to explain that the ban extended to any and all support of Trump.

“We cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all, and also allow support for open white supremacy,” said the website, adding, “Support of the Trump administration is undeniably support for white supremacy.”

The website went on to state, “We are definitely not banning conservative politics,” but said, “Hate groups and intolerance are different from other types of political positions.”

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The popular knitting website Ravelry has banned users from sharing posts expressing support for President Trump, saying support for the administration is “undeniably support for white supremacy.”

“We are banning support of Donald Trump and his administration on Ravelry,” said a Sunday statement posted on the site for knitters and crocheters, which boasts over 8 million users. “This includes support in the form of forum posts, projects, patterns, profiles, and all other content.”

“We cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy,” the site added. “Support of the Trump administration is undeniably support for white supremacy.”

The post on Ravelry’s website noted that users will still have access to their data even if they or their project are removed from the website. It also specified that people who support Trump are still welcome to use the Ravelry as long as they do not express that support on the website.

“We are definitely not banning conservative politics,” the statement said. “Hate groups and intolerance are different from other types of political positions.”

According to its website, Ravelry is “a place for knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, weavers and dyers to keep track of their yarn, tools, project and pattern information, and look to others for ideas and inspiration.”