Twitter Comes Down Hard On Qanon Republicans For Trans-Phobic Hate

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Twitter finally came down hard on both Representative Jim Banks (R-IN) and Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA). The company dinged them this week for rudely calling a transgender Biden administration official, Dr. Rachel Levine, a man.

On Saturday, Banks announced that he had been suspended for a statement he made on his Twitter account. He was talking about Dr. Levine’s promotion to a four-star admiral. Banks tweeted, according to The Washington Times:

‘The title of first female four-star officer gets taken by a man.’

The gun-toting Marjorie Taylor Green (R-GA) blessed her Twitter account with “hateful conduct,” but she escaped with just a warning. Her tweet was just as hateful though. She tweeted:

‘A dude who lived the first 50 years of his life as a man isn’t the first female anything.’

Her Twitter warning read:

‘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.’hATE

Banks was very upset, apparently. He wrote that Twitter was the one with “hateful conduct” in its policy rules. It stops:

‘[T]argeting others with repeated slurs, tropes, or other content that intends to dehumanize, degrade or reinforce negative or harmful stereotypes about a protected category. This includes targeted misgendering or deadnaming of transgender individuals.’

Banks added in an Instagram statement:

‘My tweet was a statement of fact. Big Tech doesn’t have to agree with me, but they shouldn’t cancel me.’

Banks warned that “If they silence me, they will silence you:”

‘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.’

President Joe Biden selected Levine to serve as his assistant secretary of health. She is the “highest-ranking transgender official in the U.S. government,” according to NBC News. The Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, Mara Keisling said, The Washington Post reported:

‘President-elect Biden said throughout his campaign that his administration would represent America. Today, he made clear that transgender people are an important part of our country.’

Banks said he would use his personal account while his official account was frozen:

‘Twitter has suspended my official account for posting a statement of FACT. I won’t back down. I’ll be posting on my personal account for the time being. Please Retweet this message and follow me -> @Jim_Banks. Big Tech must be held accountable!’Screen-Shot-2021-10-24-at-11.44.36-AM Twitter Comes Down Hard On Qanon Republicans For Trans-Phobic Hate Featured Healthcare Human Rights Politics Top Stories


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