A US Senate candidate for Missouri says she has no plans to remove transphobic tweets that violate Twitter’s rules against hateful conduct, even though the social media platform said it will continue to tweet, retweet, follow until then. Or will not be able to like the post.
Twitter Suspended Vicky Hartzler Personal account on Monday.
Hertzler’s tweet, posted in mid-February, said: “Women’s games are for women, not men pretending to be women,” and included TV commercial Targeting transgender people in the sport and specifically University of Pennsylvania swimmer Liya Thomas.
A statement from Hartzler’s campaign called the suspension “shameful, utterly ridiculous, and a horrific abuse of censorship by the big tech giants to prevent free speech.” The campaign said Hartzler would not delete the tweet.
Hartzler is a congresswoman representing Missouri’s Fourth District. He is among several Republicans fighting for the 2022 Senate seat. Incumbent Republican Roy Blunt announced Last year he would not seek a third term.