Twitter Blocks Marsha Blackburn's Pro-life Senate Campaign Ad
Oct 11, 2017, 00:19
Rep. Marsha Blackburn launched her Senate re-election bid - as so many people do - with a video explaining what she believes in. It may not be immediately clear why a "hardcore, card-carrying Tennessee conservative" is at a disadvantage when Republicans control of both Congress and the White House. "Silicon Valley is in the pocket of the liberal establishment, but our conservative revolution is going to keep on winning", Blackburn said in the email.
Blackburn has served in the House for almost 15 years, so it's a bit of a stretch for her to run on Trump's "drain the swamp" message.
The congresswoman told Kilmeade that Twitter told her if she "omitted" the pro-life part, they'd allow the ad to play on its site. After spotting the video, Twitter stopped the paid campaign promoting it. And it is now infecting social media.
"While they doubled down and issued a second statement today- they disallowed my video, I said look, I'm just doubling down on the fact that yes, I am pro-life, and I stand by my message".
Although I am absolutely not writing to make any sort of case for or against abortion, it is worth mentioning that this is not Twitter's first dust-up with the pro-life movement. Bob Corker's seat, said in the ad that she "stopped the sale of baby parts".
The congressional investigative panel was called for following the release of undercover videos by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) in summer of 2015 which appeared to show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the harvesting of unborn baby parts for profit.
The video became a talking point for conservative candidates during the 2016 USA presidential primaries and resulted in a Congressional panel-headed by Congresswoman Blackburn-being created to investigate Planned Parenthood and its practices with fetal tissue research.
Blackburn's committee eventually recommended in its final report that federal funding be banned for research on fetal tissue obtained through elective abortions.
Blackburn could argue that she worked to ensure that abortion providers are abiding by the 1993 law and pushed for even tighter restrictions.
"It is astounding to me that Twitter, which is an important outlet, would choose not only to censor a political ad but that they would censor a pro-life message", she told Fox News.
Blackburn and her campaign have urged followers to share the video. "It's something that people wanted to see shut down".
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