Rep. Jim Banks


Twitter Censors GOP Congressman for Calling Rachel Levine a ‘Man’

Autumn Johnson

On Saturday morning, Congressman Jim Banks (R-IN) announced that Twitter had suspended his account and removed a tweet "misgendering" HHS Deputy Secretary Rachel Levine as a man when, in fact, Levine -- a transgender woman -- is a biological man.

Levine, who recently awarded four stars as an officer for the Department of Health and Human Services, has been referred to by the Biden administration and the rest of the liberal media as the first female four-star officer.

It was Banks's disagreement with that characterization that got him  in trouble: 

"The title of first female four-star officer gets taken by a man," he said.

Twitter explained that Banks will be locked out of his account until he deletes the tweet.

Twitter added Banks’s tweet violated the platform’s rules against hateful conduct: “You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass, other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.” 

UPDATE: Reacting to his suspension, Banks released the following 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. 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.

UPDATE: Congressman Banks deleted the tweet and regained control of his Twitter account on Nov. 5, according to a My Journal Courier report.