Steve Daines’ Twitter Suspension Over Searching Photograph Enrages Republicans

Conservatives are supporting Senator Steve Daines on Twitter after his account was quickly suspended on account of a “graphic” image of him searching.

The account was deemed “quickly unavailable as a result of it violates the Twitter Media Coverage,” in keeping with a discover on the Montana Republican’s web page. It had been unavailable till Tuesday afternoon, at which level Daines’ workplace mentioned the account had been reinstated by Twitter proprietor Elon Musk.

“I’m grateful Elon Musk reached out to me to resolve this subject and am glad that he acknowledges that free speech is a bedrock of our nation, and acted shortly to reinstate my Twitter account after being made conscious of its suspension,” Daines mentioned Tuesday in an announcement. “The preliminary ban over the profile picture of my spouse and me after a profitable Montana antelope hunt was disappointing given the truth that it’s no completely different than photographs Montanans share on social media day by day.

“It is our Montana lifestyle and we’re happy with it. I’m glad Elon Musk acknowledges this. The remainder of the nation advantages from the acceptance of various ideas and values, together with Montana values.”

Montana Republican Senator Steve Daines speaks at a ceremony to honor 4 airmen killed in a 1962 B-47 crash at 8,500 ft on Emigrant Peak on July 24, 2021, in Emigrant, Montana. Daines’ Twitter account was suspended on Monday and one other Republican senator, Mike Lee, has known as for Twitter proprietor Elon Musk (inset) to deal with the scenario.
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Daines’ press workplace confirmed to Newsweek that the violation was concerning a profile picture that includes Daines and his spouse, Cindy, searching and posing beside a lifeless antelope.

Rachel Dumke, a spokesperson for Daines, shared a response from Twitter with Newsweek that Daines’ account can be reinstated if his profile picture is deleted.

“We have reached out to Twitter to get this resolved as a result of the senator believes it’s preposterous {that a} image of him and his spouse searching—an exercise that’s engrained within the Montana lifestyle—can be towards Twitter guidelines,” Dumke mentioned Tuesday morning.

The discover included a hyperlink to Twitter’s Delicate Media Coverage, which says: “You might not submit media that’s graphic or share violent or grownup nudity and sexual habits inside stay video or in profile header, Checklist banner photographs, or Neighborhood cowl photographs. Media depicting excessively gory content material, sexual violence and/or assault, bestiality or necrophilia can be not permitted.”

Daines was first elected to the Senate in 2014. Two of his colleagues within the Senate got here to his protection, lamenting him being in “Twitter jail.”

Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas known as it “ridiculous.”

“In case you don’t love searching, nice, do not go,” Cruz tweeted. “However do not censor others who disagree. And I am fairly certain this can be a formal job accountability for a senator from Montana!”

GOP Senator Mike Lee of Utah tweeted that “you will not discover nicer individuals” than Daines and his spouse.

“Is it as a result of Steve and Cindy are hunters?” Lee tweeted. “Or as a result of they’re hunters who’re (gasp) really searching? Or is it as a result of they’re distinguished Republicans, and should due to this fact be punished?”

He additionally known as on Musk to take rapid motion.

“It appears like you might want to rent some new individuals and hearth some dangerous staff who’re attempting to undermine you,” Lee wrote, tagging Musk. “I do know this is not the sort of Twitter you need.”

Montana Republican Consultant Ryan Zinke known as it censorship in a tweet, saying it is a part of “our Montana lifestyle.”

Donald Trump Jr. additionally chimed in through tweet, calling it a “shame.”

CNN reporter Manu Raju tweeted {that a} spokesperson from the Nationwide Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), which is chaired by Daines, known as the suspension “insane” and instantly known as for a reversal.

Newsweek reached out to the NRSC for remark.

Replace 2/7/23, 2:09 p.m. ET: This story was up to date with remark from Daines.