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APP Exhorts GOP to Rein in Big Tech After Rep. Jim Banks’ Twitter Ban

October 23, 2021

Earlier today, Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Banks (R-Ind.) was reportedly suspended from Twitter due to a tweet pointing out that Dr. Rachel Levine, currently serving as Biden’s Assistant Secretary for Health, is a man.

In response, Terry Schilling, president of American Principles Project (APP), released the following statement:

“This week, Congressman Jim Banks tweeted something demonstrably and irrefutably true. Rachel Levine is biologically a man. No serious person can dispute this. Nevertheless, Banks was removed from Twitter for making this true statement.

“This should be a wake up call for every American. Our ruling class has moved beyond silencing people for mere politically incorrect opinions. They are now actively censoring speech they know is factually correct in order to bolster a false reality. That the victim in this instance is a prominent Republican leader in Congress makes this latest power grab even more frightening.

“There should be no question now that Big Tech has become far too powerful. They wield their authority with impunity even over our elected officials in order to impose a sweeping speech code on our society that would have shocked George Orwell. The stranglehold which Big Tech censors have on our public square represents without a doubt the greatest contemporary threat to American democracy.

“Republicans: the time for talk is over. You must act now to rein in these Silicon Valley authoritarians by any means necessary. All options — Section 230 reform, antitrust legislation, changes to campaign finance law — should be on the table. And midterm voters will require a clear explanation of what you plan to do if you hope to have any chance of reclaiming the majority in Congress next year.”

To schedule an engagement with American Principles Project, contact Paul Dupont at (o) 202-503-2010 or pdupont@americanprinciplesproject.org

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