Twitter has suspended the official account of Indiana Rep. Jim Banks (R) on Saturday for acknowledging the biological reality of newly appointed radical transgender rear admiral Rachel Levine.
The Department of Health and Human Services had announced Tuesday that former Assistant Secretary of Health Levine would be sworn in as the department’s “first-ever female four-star admiral.“
Shortly after, Banks pushed back on Twitter with a biological fact: “The title of first female four-star officer gets taken by a man.”
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
Twitter’s ban notification to Banks claimed that calling a man a man “violate[s] our rules against hateful conduct,” adding that his biologically accurate tweet “promotes violence.”
Banks released a statement following his suspension, warning that Big Tech can easily “silence” the American people if it can silence a sitting U.S. congressman.
“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,” Banks said from his personal account.
— Jim Banks (@Jim_Banks) October 23, 2021
“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.
Levine said in a statement following his swearing-in that hopefully more trans individuals will be appointed to high-level government positions.
“This is a momentous occasion and I am pleased to take this role for the impact I can make, and for the historic nature of what it symbolizes,” Levine said. “May this appointment be the first of many like it as we create a more inclusive future.”
Levin first came into the public eye during the Covid outbreak in 2020 as Pennsylvania’s health secretary when it was revealed he moved his 95-year-old mother from a nursing home despite official guidance from his own department urging nursing homes to admit “stable” coronavirus patients.