PayPal has terminated the account of a Texas real-estate agent who took a private plane to the Capitol insurrection and is now begging her fellow “patriots” for donations to cover her legal fees. Jenna Ryan, a real-estate broker and life coach, was released from custody last week after being charged for her role in the storming of the Capitol, which she documented on social media, calling it “one best days of my life.” On Thursday, Ryan posted a Twitter thread begging for donations to help pay for her legal fees for “protesting at the US Capitol.”
On Thursday evening, PayPal shut down her account, saying in a statement that she was using it for more than just her legal fees. “PayPal has a policy to allow fundraising for legal defense purposes,” the company said in a statement. “PayPal thoroughly reviews accounts, and if we learn that funds are used for anything other than legal defense, the account will be subject to immediate closure. We can confirm that the account in question has been closed.”
Ryan wrote on Twitter earlier in the day: “I am being surrounded by hateful people who are calling me a racist and asking for me to go to prison for 10 or 20 years and saying all sorts of horrible mean things about me. They don’t even know me. They want my business destroyed. I need help patriots.”
She added that while she has already raised $1,000, she would need more financial help considering “all my computers were confiscated as well as my phone and my Maga hat.” “There is a concerted effort to destroy patriotic, Christian, patriots and Trump supporters. It is happening, and we need to come together. At this point I need support so that I can clear my name,” she added, noting that her trial is in Washington, D.C.
In response to the ban, Ryan tweeted, “Shucky darn I can't do business with PayPal anymore. What am I gonna do with myself? I think I will survive.”