Social media giant Twitter has reportedly suspended at least two Republican lawmakers for referring to Health and Human Services assistant secretary Rachel Levine as a “man” after she was feted as becoming the first transgender four-star admiral in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.
“NEW: Twitter has censored @RepJimBanks for calling HHS’ Rachel Levine a man. He will be locked out of his account until he deletes the tweet, ‘The title of first female four-star officer gets taken by a man,'” Daily Signal correspondent Mary Margaret Olohan noted on Twitter.
NEW: Twitter has censored @RepJimBanks for calling HHS’ Rachel Levine a man. He will be locked out of his account until he deletes the tweet, “The title of first female four-star officer gets taken by a man.” pic.twitter.com/6wdDqJ36kH
— Mary Margaret Olohan (@MaryMargOlohan) October 23, 2021
Apparently saying Rachel Levine is not a woman is not allowed. https://t.co/aH9vSHuqvQ
— Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) October 23, 2021
Banks’ account was suspended Saturday morning, according to reports. Afterward, he released a statement.
“My tweet was a statement of fact. Big Tech doesn’t have to agree with me, but they shouldn’t be able to cancel me,” said the Indiana Republican.
“If they silence me, they will silence you. We can’t allow Big Tech to prevent us from telling the truth. When Republicans take back the House next year, we must restore honesty to our public forums and hold Big Tech accountable,” he added.
Twitter noted that Banks will be locked out of his account until he deletes the tweet, which said: “Calling someone that was born and lived as a man for 54 years the first ‘female’ four-star officer is an insult to every little girl who dreams of breaking glass ceilings one day.”
In addition, Twitter also suspended Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) for pushing back on HHS for claiming Levine is the “first female four-star” appointed to the Public Health Service.
She wrote: “A dude who lived the first 50 years of his life as a man isn’t the first female anything. China is laughing at us.”
“This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about hateful conduct. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible,” Twitter noted in response to Greene.
Censoring, but not removing, Greene’s tweet falls under the platform’s policy, which states, “The account represents a current or potential member of a local, state, national, or supra-national governmental or legislative body: Current holders of an elected or appointed leadership position in a governmental or legislative body…”
It’s not clear why the platform did not treat the two tweets, which contained similar comments, in a similar fashion.
Levine first began her transition to living as a female in her 40’s, the Post Millennial reported.
“May this appointment today be the first of many more to come,” Levine said as she was given her admiralty. “Diversity makes us stronger.
“The time is now for our country to continue to move the bar forward for diversity,” she noted further. “And I am proud to wear this uniform and answer that call.”
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