An Ottawa gelato shop owner whose name was released in the GiveSendGo data hack after she donated to the Freedom Convoy claims she has been forced to shut her store after receiving death threats, abusive phone calls calling her a Nazi – and a sign has been hung outside her store saying ‘Tammy supports terrorists.’
Tammy Giuliani, who owns the Stella Luna Gelato Café, spoke to Fox News‘ Jesse Watters on Thursday about the backlash she’s faced since she donated $250 to the group of Canadian truckers protesting against COVID-19 mandates.
‘I think never in my 56 years have I ever experienced a country so divided, so full of hatred toward friends and neighbors … You know, they may have opinions that differ from theirs, but they’re so willing to publicly shame and humiliate and spew forth angry vitriol,’ she said.
‘You know, we have been called terrorists. For the first 60 to 36 hours, we were inundated with hatred, with threats of violence. People threatened our team on the phone, telling them, “We’re coming to get you. We’re going to throw bricks through your window. You’ll pay for this, you Nazi supporter.”‘
Giuliani added that she has since been forced to shut her business.
Giuliani is among roughly 92,000 supporters of the Freedom Convoy who had their personal information hacked and leaked online after donating through GiveSendGo. About 44 percent of the nearly $10 million in contributions to support the protesters originated from US donors, according to hacked donor files.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has used his extraordinary powers under the Emergencies Act to clear protesters from Ottawa, has twice smeared the demonstrators for waving swastika’s in Parliament.
Tammy Giuliani, pictured right, spoke to Fox News Thursday about the backlash she’s faced since news came to light of her donation to the anti COVID mandate group, Freedom Convoy
Pictured: The Stella Luna Gelato Café in Ontario, where Giuliani says a sign was posted outside of her shop saying ‘Tammy supports terrorists’
Giuliani tearfully added that she is now pursing a case with local police regarding the backlash.
‘I personally have been called a “disgusting pig of a woman” and that I should rot in hell. Our rural shop out in Marrickville, Ontario, someone draped a large bedsheet over a sign,’ Giuliani went on to say.
‘I’m sorry, it’s been a tough few days … The sign read “Tammy supports terrorists.” Now, Mama Bear is going to dig out her claws on that one, and we’re getting the video surveillance of the incident, and we will pursue that with the police.’
Tammy Giuliani poses for an image inside her once-popular gelato shop in Ottawa
Tammy Giuliani, who owns the gelato shop with her husband, Alessandro Giuliani, told Fox News on Thursday: ‘I think never in my 56 years have I ever experienced a country so divided, so full of hatred toward friends and neighbors … You know, they may have opinions that differ from theirs, but they’re so willing to publicly shame and humiliate and spew forth angry vitriol,’ she said.
The GiveSendGo hack has also had an impact on other Canadians who donated – a top political aide to Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Marion Isabeau-Ringuette, was forced out of her job when a local news outlet QP Briefing outed her to his office for making a $100 donation
The GiveSendGo hack has also had an impact on other Canadians who donated – a top political aide to Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Marion Isabeau-Ringuette, was forced out of her job when a local news outlet QP Briefing outed her to his office for making a $100 donation.
Canada’s state-funded national broadcaster, the Canadian Broadcasting Company, has gone through the list of 92,844 donors to contact and publicly out them.
It revealed that the former leader of the country’s Progressive Conservative Party Ches Crosbie made an $800 donation. He was unapologetic when confronted by CBC journalists, saying: ‘Indefinite states of emergency, such as we are under in most of Canada, are a dangerous thing, a very dangerous thing. I support the right of peaceful protest and I see the Freedom Convoy as a peaceful protest.’
The CBC also outed a prominent business owner in London, Ontario, as giving the largest single donation to the Freedom Convoy. Holden Rhodes, who owns Killarney Mountain Lodge, donated $25,000.
An Ontario Provincial Police vehicle is parked by the ongoing trucker blockade protest in Ottawa on Thursday. Hundreds of truckers clogging the streets of Canada’s capital city in a protest against COVID-19 restrictions are bracing for a crackdown
People gather for a protest organized by truck drivers opposing vaccine mandates near the Parliament building on February 17, 2022 in Ottawa, Ontario
A demonstrator arranges placards and a Canadian national flag during a protest by truck drivers over pandemic mandates and Trudeau government, outside the Canadian parliament
The news of Giuliani’s ordeal comes just a day after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s justice minister warned that people who donated to support the Freedom Convoy ‘ought to be worried’ about having their bank accounts frozen, saying they are part of a ‘pro-Trump movement’.
GiveSendGo, which describes itself as the ‘number one Christian crowdfunding site,’ had raised more than $9 million of the $16 million goal as of Tuesday afternoon.
According to a Reuters report, the website Distributed Denial of Secrets, which distributes leaked data, said it was given 30 megabytes of donor information that included including names, email addresses, ZIP codes and internet protocol addresses.
Meanwhile, GiveSendGo founder Jacob Wells has since stated his intention to have the FBI investigate into the data breach, after a Canadian judge issued an order halting access to donations on the website for the trucker convoy protest.
Ontario Provincial Police officers walk in front of the ongoing trucker blockade protest in Ottawa on Thursday
Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, is seen in Parliament on Wednesday, when he accused members of the Conservative Party – including a Jewish MP – of ‘standing with people who wave swastikas’
Canada’s Justice Minister David Lametti has warned that people who donated to support the Freedom Convoy ‘ought to be worried’ about having their bank accounts frozen
Justice Minister David Lametti made the remark in an interview with CTV News Channel on Wednesday night, where host Evan Solomon pressed him on whether average citizens who donated to the protests should be worried about account seizures.
‘If you are a member of a pro-Trump movement who is donating hundreds of thousands of dollars, and millions of dollars to this kind of thing, then you ought to be worried,’ said Lametti.
Lametti defended the government seizure of bank accounts tied to the protests against vaccine mandates as a simple ‘extending’ of the procedures used to stop ‘terrorist financing’.
About 44 percent of the nearly $10 million in contributions to support the protesters originated from US donors, according to hacked donor files. Some 92,800 individual donors are listed in the leaked files.
After invoking the Emergencies Act this week for the first time in 50 years, Trudeau now has extraordinary powers, which include seizing assets such as bank accounts without judicial review or ordinary due process.