Twitter Pulls Marsha Blackburn’s Senate Campaign Ad Over ‘Inflammatory’ Anti-Abortion Message
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Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) campaign announcement ad for U.S. Senate has been blocked by Twitter for its “inflammatory” pro-life sentiments on Monday.
A top Republican candidate for U.S. Senate – running for the seat opened by Senator Bob Corker’s (TN) retirement – Blackburn launched the ad stating she is a “hardcore card-carrying Tennessee conservative.” She follows up by stating, “I fought Planned Parenthood and we stopped the sale of baby body parts. Thank God,” – which ignited the Twitter spat.
A Twitter representative informed the campaign that the statement was “likely to evoke a strong negative reaction,” thus its removal. But, Twitter later stated to the Blackburn campaign if the flagged statement was deleted from the ad, it could run on their social network again.
Blackburn has been an outspoken and dedicated member to the pro-life movement since assuming office in Tennessee in 2003. She was the chair of the Republican-run House panel that was created to investigate Planned Parenthood and fetal tissue research. The panel was developed after pro-life activists released secretly recorded evidence of Planned Parenthood officials.
The two-and-a-half-minute video also states her dissatisfaction with the Republican majority in the Senate in failing to repeal Obamacare. She also goes on to state, “I know the left calls me a wingnut or a knuckle-dragging conservative. And you know what? I say that’s alright. Bring it on.”
Blackburn is running against Americans for Prosperity state director, Andy Ogles (R) in the primary and Army veteran James Mackler (D) for the vacated seat of Senator Bob Corker.