Vox Sponsors Silent After Editor Backs Violence Against Trump


Update 3:37 p.m.: Following publication of this article, a GE spokesperson told the Washington Free Beacon it is no longer an advertiser with Vox.

Additionally, Vox Editor-in-Chief Ezra Klein announced the suspension of Rensin earlier this afternoon.


Top corporate sponsors of Vox.com are remaining silent after an editor for the explanatory blog endorsed violence against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Vox editor Emmett Rensin has come under fire in the media after calling on people to "start a riot" if "Trump comes to your town."

"Let's be clear: It's never a shame to storm the barricades set up around a fascist," Rensin stated in a rant on Twitter.

Rensin stopped short of advocating murder.

"Destroying property is legitimate. Shouting down is legitimate. Disruption of all events is legitimate. Murder isn't," he tweeted.

The comments come as protestors continue to disrupt and attack Trump’s supporters at his rallies.

When pressed on Friday to take a position on Rensin’s comment, at least two of Vox’s top corporate sponsors remained silent.

General Electric, one of the website’s top partners, did not respond to press requests asking if it endorsed Rensin’s views.

A spokesman for JPMorgan Chase & Co.—which currently has an advertisement on Vox’s website placed next an article titled, "Donald Trump rallies are only going to get more dangerous for everyone"—declined to take a position on the comments.

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"This advertisement is about showcasing our work on innovation and one of our signature initiatives to help grow the economy, New Skills at Work," a spokesman for the corporation told the Washington Free Beacon when asked about its stance on Rensin’s comments.

Financial giant Goldman Sachs and the Discover Card have also sponsored Vox.

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