‘Insane!’ Top GOP senator sent to ‘Twitter jail’ over profile picture, Republicans demand answers

While new boss Elon Musk may have delivered a breath of fresh air to Twitter, albeit briefly, giving conservatives somewhat of a reprieve from the suffocating censorship happening under the previous management, there are clear signs the rot runs deep and that it may take a long, long time to undo the damage.

Case in point: Twitter suspended the account of Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, for allegedly violating its media policy — after a sitting president is suspended, no one is off limits.

What terrible thing did Sen. Daines post? A profile image of him and his wife posing with a hunting trophy — a Montana antelope:

Confusion appeared to reign at Twitter, as the account was suspended, then unsuspended, only to be suspended once again, according to Axios reporter Josh Kraushaar:

Daines is not backing down amid all the hoopla over his being suspended Monday night — a #FreeSteveDaines hashtag has taken hold on the site.

“My wife is a great shot. What can I say?” Daines told Fox News Digital.

“The Senator thinks it’s preposterous that a picture of him and his wife hunting — an activity that is engrained in the Montana way of life — would be against Twitter rules. Our team has reached out to Twitter, and we’ll be working to get this resolved,” Rachel Dumke, press secretary for Daines, said in a statement to the network.

The NRSC is reportedly calling on Twitter to reverse the suspension, according to CNN congressional correspondent Manu Raju:

Some of Daines’ GOP colleagues came to his defense, including Sens. Mike Lee, of Utah, and Ted Cruz, of Texas, who also quipped, “[Daines] told me he was aiming for the balloon, but hit an antelope instead.”

Here’s a quick sampling of other responses to the story from Twitter:


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