In a move that caused outrage, Twitter didn’t remove transphobic tweets from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) in which she makes hateful remarks about Adm. Rachel Levine, a transgender Biden administration official. Instead, the social media platform included disclaimers and turned off comments and retweets for the post.
In a set of two tweets, Greene referred to Levine, who is a transgender woman born a man named Richard Levine, as “Dr. Dick Levine.” Calling a transgender person by their original name is known as “deadnaming,” which is used to mock and degrade them.
“We must do everything we can to prevent Dr. Dick Levine’s pre-teen #WeenieChop,” Greene tweeted from her official account.
The post is still up on Twitter, though it now reads:
“This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about hateful conduct. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.”
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In another tweet, Greene stated: “Now that I think about it. As Dr. Dick Levine advocates for ‘gender affirming care’ for minors, has he undergone the #WeenieChop himself? Or is he just pushing this on children?”
Twitter also attached a disclaimer to that post. However, trans and gay rights groups believe that Greene hasn’t been appropriately punished. A representative for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) told Axios:
“This account has repeatedly and intentionally violated Twitter’s Hateful Conduct guidelines against targeted deadnaming and misgendering of transgender people. It’s clear that some politicians see pushing malicious, anti-trans content on social media as part of their election strategy, even with the full knowledge that such content is violative.”
This isn’t the first time Greene has made anti-trans remarks. Earlier this month, she mocked Illinois’ Democratic Rep. Marie Newman’s transgender daughter. Last month, she blamed a nationwide tampon shortage on trans men.