Lawmaker Locked Out of Twitter Account for Calling Transgender Government Official a Man

Twitter flagged a tweet from Rep. Jim Banks sent out on Oct. 19 calling Dr. Rachel Levine, who is transgender, a man, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.

“The title of the first female four-star officer gets taken by a man,” Banks, R-Ind., said in a now-locked tweet, in reference to Levine getting sworn in as a four-star admiral to the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps on Tuesday.

The tweet was flagged as “hateful conduct” and Banks’ account was temporarily restricted until he deletes the tweet.

Levine, who was born a man as Richard Levine and transitioned in 2011, previously served as Pennsylvania health secretary and attracted controversy for ordering nursing homes to accept COVID-19 patients early in the pandemic.
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