GOP Rep. Hartzler suspended from Twitter in excess of ‘men pretending to be women’ tweet

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U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler, a Republican Senate applicant from Missouri, was suspended from Twitter following tweeting about transgender ladies in sporting activities.

“Women’s athletics are for females, not adult men pretending to be women,” she tweeted Monday afternoon from her marketing campaign account.


Hartzler’s campaign manager, Michael Hafner, tweeted a screenshot of Twitter’s reaction to the offending tweet, and he accused the social media enterprise of reaching the “top of stupidity.”

Twitter’s recognize, in accordance to the screenshot, said Hartzler’s tweet violated the company’s regulations against “hateful conduct.”

“You could not boost violence towards, threaten, or harass other people today on the foundation of race, ethnicity, countrywide origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, spiritual affiliation, age, disability, or major disorder,” Twitter stated.

Hartzler’s tweet repeated a line from a Television advertisement she released last thirty day period that highlighted University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas, a trans female who has been dominating on the women’s team considering that transitioning from a male.

Hartzler also tweeted the line on Feb. 14 and included the advertisement in her tweet. The advertisement characteristics Thomas’ previous title, William, and Twitter has rules from applying the previous names of trans people, which is recognized as deadnaming.

Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., delivers pizza to members of the Delaware National Guard on Jan. 13, 2021.

Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., provides pizza to customers of the Delaware National Guard on Jan. 13, 2021.
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Hartzler was told she should delete the Monday tweet and hold out 12 hours in advance of Twitter will reinstate her account, her campaign explained in a assertion. 

“Vladimir Putin is a murderous psychopath who invaded a sovereign nation triggering demise and destruction, and is at this time permitted to tweet,” the marketing campaign explained, FOX 4 claimed. “Yet, Twitter believes the more substantial menace is a senior member of the Home Armed Companies Committee saying women’s athletics are for girls. It is shameful, totally ridiculous, and a horrible abuse of censorship by massive tech giants to stifle free speech.”

The campaign claimed Hartzler will not delete the tweet. She has not tweeted considering the fact that.

“The Tweet you referenced violated the Twitter Guidelines on hateful carry out,” Twitter instructed WHD News Electronic in a assertion. “The account proprietor will need to delete the violative Tweet and spend 12 hrs in browse-only manner in advance of regaining total obtain to their account. 

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“Per that plan, we prohibit concentrating on other people with repeated slurs, tropes or other information that intends to dehumanize, degrade or strengthen detrimental or hazardous stereotypes about a guarded classification. This incorporates focused misgendering or deadnaming of transgender men and women.”

Hartzler, who has been endorsed by Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., is operating for Republican Sen. Roy Blunt’s seat.

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