Twitter Takes Down ‘Grossly Inflammatory’ GOP Lawmaker’s Campaign Ad
In a swift move, Twitter took down a campaign ad from Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) that referenced “baby body parts,” according to several news outlets.
As reported by The Hill, the video was part of her recently-launched bid to succeed Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who announced last month that he would not be seeking reelection.
“I fought Planned Parenthood and we stopped the sale of baby body parts, thank God,” Blackburn says in the ad.
Blackburn chaired a House panel investigating the use of fetal tissue for research following the 2015 release of a series of undercover videos targeting Planned Parenthood.
The heavily edited videos showed Planned Parenthood employees discussing the transfer of tissue from aborted fetuses to research laboratories.
The creators of the video allege Planned Parenthood sells the tissue, but a number of state investigations have failed to find any evidence of that.
Donating the tissue is legal, with consent from the woman, but Blackburn’s committee eventually recommended in its final report that federal funding to be banned for research on fetal tissue obtained through elective abortions.
Her campaign urged supporters in a tweet to join her in “standing up to Silicon Valley.”
Blackburn’s ad also calls for a crackdown on undocumented immigrants and for Americans to buy guns to protect themselves.
Neither Twitter nor the Blackburn campaign were available for comment.
The video can still be seen in Blackburn’s Twitter feed. You can watch it below:
— Marsha Blackburn (@VoteMarsha) October 9, 2017