Erickson suspended from Twitter after calling Olympian Laurel Hubbard a man

Conservative Christian radio host Erick Erickson said on Saturday that his Twitter account was suspended for a tweet in which he described New Zealand transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard as male.

Georgia-based Erickson, formerly RedState editor-in-chief, posted on Instagram a screenshot of her Twitter account that said she had been suspended for violating “our rules against hateful conduct” and that it was linked to her tweet. Hubbard.

His tweet on Thursday read: “This is absurd. Laurel Hubbard is a man even if Twitter doesn’t like it. “

“Well, it seems that postmodernity has caught up with me. Twitter has suspended me for a statement of fact that Twitter employees don’t like it, ”Erickson said in a mass email. “In defending Allie Beth Stuckey, who was previously suspended from Twitter for a statement of truth, I reiterated that, in fact, the transgender weightlifter from New Zealand is a man.”

He added that “Twitter has suspended me for telling the truth.”

Hubbard, 43, who transitioned from male to female in 2012, was unable to complete any of her three lifts Monday in the women’s super heavyweight division, but made history as the first openly transgender Olympian to compete for gender identity and not by sex.

Ms Stuckey, a conservative commentator, landed in “Twitter jail” on Thursday for her tweet that read “Laurel Hubbard failing the event does not make her inclusion fair. He’s still a man, and men shouldn’t compete with women in weightlifting. “

She said on Instagram that the suspension was lifted 12 hours later, according to the [U.K.] Daily mail.

“Good morning. I’m out of Twitter jail. Men are still men. Thank you, ”he tweeted on Friday.

Twitter’s hate behavior policy prohibits tweets that “promote violence, threaten or harass others based on race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious illness. ”.

The Washington Times has reached out to Twitter for comment.

Mr. Erickson disagreed with his suspension, saying that “it is worth noting that I did not promote violence, nor did I threaten or harass anyone.

“I didn’t even tag Laurel Hubbard in my tweet,” she said. “I just mentioned the simple fact that Laurel Hubbard is a man. It’s a statement of a basic biological fact that Twitter and the Woks oppose. “

He also said that he would probably end up deleting the tweet to lift the suspension.

“To go back to Twitter, they will ask me to delete that tweet. As for the race, it will probably be necessary, ”said Erickson. “But I’m not sure I want to.”

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