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Conservative political commentator Charlie Kirk, founder of Turning Point USA, was censured on Twitter for referring to President Biden’s Assistant Secretary for Health Rachel Levine as a man, which is her biological sex.
“Richard Levine [original name] spent 54 years of his life as a man,” Kirk tweeted. “He had a wife and a family. He ‘transitioned’ to being a woman in 2011, Joe Biden appointed Levine to be a 4-Star Admiral and now USA Today has named ‘Rachel’ Levine as a ‘Woman of the Year.’ Where are the feminists??”
Twitter, “enemy of truth” according to Kirk
The rule states that users “may not promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, caste, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.”
According to the regulation, in its category for “Repeated and/or non-consensual slurs, epithets, racist and sexist tropes, or other content that degrades someone,” referring to Levine by her original name or by her biological gender corresponds to “misgender,” and constitutes an intolerable conduct for Twitter.
In fact, the platform explicitly prohibits calling transgender people by their original name, a practice known as “deadnaming.”
“We prohibit targeting others with repeated slurs, tropes or other content that intends to dehumanize, degrade or reinforce negative or harmful stereotypes about a protected category,” the rule says. “This includes targeted misgendering or deadnaming of transgender individuals.”
Kirk exclusively told The Post Millennial that big companies like Twitter have become “an enemy of truth” and that censorship of these platforms should “terrify” Americans.
“Everything I said was precisely accurate, and yet, Twitter still suspended my account,” the commentator said. “That should terrify every American, even those who disagree with me. What [Big Tech] want is submission.”
Separately, Kirk told conservative comedian and radio host Dave Rubin that he has no plans to delete the tweet.
Kirk’s suspension comes amid a wave of censorship on Twitter that stemmed from a Babylon Bee post naming Levine as “man of the year” 2022, in a joke clearly aimed at USA Today.
Seth Dillon, CEO of the satirical outlet, also refused to back down and will not remove the comment on Twitter, as required by the platform as a condition for reinstating the account, given that “truth is not hate speech.”