An Uber driver made his political affiliation known rather forcefully while driving six GOP campaign volunteers in Raleigh, North Carolina. The driver, clearly discriminating based on political beliefs, pulled over and asked them to exit at a gas station because he said he “had the right to deny [them] service.” He then said “welcome to the resistance” as they exited the vehicle.
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“It was clear based on our mild conservative political talk that the driver realized we were Republicans,” Russell, who was the rider who ordered the Uber, told The DCNF. After the incident, she received a message from Uber saying that she was inappropriate towards her driver.
“I reviewed the relevant policy of Uber and we did not use ‘inappropriate and abusive language or gestures’ that would result in the early termination of a ride,” Russell said. “This type of discrimination against politically oriented conservatives should be against the policy of Uber.”
Chris Godbey, another one of the riders, also felt the group was unfairly treated.
“For an individual to blatantly target Young Republicans for their political outlook is an assault on the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment. While business owners should have the freedom to provide the service as the see fit, once a contract has been entered, breaking that contract is inappropriate and to do so based on discrimination for political beliefs is unlawful,” he told The DCNF
“As a loyal and longstanding Uber customer and a proud conservative working to make this country a better place for everyone, this is unacceptable, and I will consider other ride-sharing apps in the future if this is not addressed,” Russell said.
The volunteers were working for North Carolina Reps. George Holding, Mark Meadows, and Mark Walker. They were also working for LT. Governor Dan Forest and a number of other Republicans.
So far Uber has not responded to inquiries.