Marsha Blackburn has been a member of Congress for almost fifteen years. She has been one of the leading pro-life voices in the House of Representatives, and led the charge in 2013 to get a bill passed would ban abortions after 20 weeks. Now, with Bob Corker retiring, Blackburn has decided to run for the Senate.
Like most candidates these days, Blackburn released a campaign launch video on social media to detail why she is running. In the video she referenced the infamous scandal surrounding Planned Parenthood and their selling of aborted body parts. She touted her experience where she “stopped the sale of baby body parts” as proof of her strong pro-life credentials.
Then Twitter took the ad down, saying it had been “deemed an inflammatory statement that is likely to evoke a strong negative reaction.”
No kidding, Sherlock.
It is almost as if Twitter does not know the function of campaign ads. The typical campaign ad follows the basic premise that something is bad, the candidate has some experience fighting this real or imagined bad thing, and therefore we should vote for the candidate to fix it. Virtually every negative ad ever produced has been designed to elicit such a response.
Furthermore, what does Twitter expect a pro-life ad to sound like? If Twitter is expecting conservatives to use all the left’s euphemisms, then they live in a bigger bubble than we thought.
Modern science has seriously expanded our understanding of human development and when life begins. The abortion business has had to come up with phrases such as “reproductive freedom” or “women’s health” to mask those facts. When you take all the euphemisms away, what they really stand for is the “right”or “choice” to insert scissors into a baby’s skull in order to suck the brain out with a vacuum.
Defenders of abortion know that the barbarity of their cause will result in them losing the argument. So, in addition to relying on euphemisms, they have to censor their opponents. Twitter was not the first, and they certainly will not be the last.
It is impossible to think of Twitter taking down any Democrat’s campaign ad that decries Republicans as anti-women for being pro-life. However, Blackburn–a Republican–pointing out the ghoulishness of the abortion industry was a bridge too far. Blackburn, for her part, posted another video asking people to join her “in standing up to Silicon Valley.”
Twitter has since reversed its decision, and allowed Blackburn to run the ad. The Blackburn campaign added that this episode was another example of Blackburn’s leadership abilities. Her camp also said this reinforced her track record of not backing down “from standing up for our conservative values.”
If Twitter starts actively choosing sides in elections, people are going to question whether Twitter is worth their time. Twitter also gave Blackburn more attention than a Senate candidate in a reliably red state would normally get. She has since begun fundraising over the incident.
This controversy may backfire on Twitter in more ways than one.