This article has been updated following publication for clarity and to indicate that at least some of the suspended accounts have been restored as of Wednesday.
(LifeSiteNews) — Major conservative figures including the Federalist CEO Sean Davis, U.S. Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Daily Wire podcaster Michael Knowles, saw their Twitter accounts temporarily suspended or “limited” Tuesday after posting content about the upcoming “Trans Day of Vengeance” scheduled for the end of the month.
Twitter cracked down on the sharing of the advertisement for the event itself, which a staffer said ran afoul of company policy regarding the incitement of violence — but the catch-all sweep appeared to also punish conservatives who shared images of the even flyer by way of criticizing the event.
The temporary suspensions came after a transgender-identifying woman carried out a brutal, “targeted” shooting on Monday, killing three nine-year-old children and three school staff members at the Covenant School, a private Christian elementary school in Nashville, Tennessee.
The killings took place days ahead of a planned Transgender “Day of Vengeance” event set to begin in Washington, D.C. at the end of the month. The event is reportedly meant to resist laws like the one recently signed in Tennessee banning mutilating transgender interventions for minors. The group organizing the event, the Trans Radical Activist Network, also reportedly urged protests in Nashville and even promoted firearms training for protection against alleged anti-transgender violence.
Conservatives on social media quickly pointed out the potential connection (though it’s currently unknown whether the shooter was affiliated in any way with the group), leading to a series of high-profile suspensions on Twitter for alleged violations of the platform’s “rules against violent speech.”
According to a screenshot posted by the Federalist, CEO Sean Davis was locked out of his account after pointing out in a Twitter post that the “cold-blooded mass murder at a Christian school in Nashville by an apparent transgender person came just days before a planned ‘Trans Day of Vengeance’ organized by the Trans Radical Activist Network.”
— The Federalist (@FDRLST) March 29, 2023
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene also shared a screenshot Tuesday saying that her congressional account had been “limited” by the Big Tech platform, authorizing her only to “browse Twitter” and send direct messages to people who already follow her.
According to Greene, the action came after she posted a tweet “exposing Antifa, who are organizing a call for violence called ‘Trans Day of Vengeance’… The day after the mass murder of children by a trans shooter.”
This is a lie.
My Congressional account was suspended for 7 days for exposing Antifa, who are organizing a call for violence called “Trans Day of Vengeance.”
The day after the mass murder of children by a trans shooter.
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) March 28, 2023
Catholic Daily Wire podcaster and author Michael Knowles was locked out of his account as well.
According to the Daily Wire, Knowles posted a link to a Daily Wire article about the event and quoted Romans 12:19, writing: “Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.’”
Daily Wire investigative journalist Luke Rosiak was also suspended after sharing a link to his story about the event.
The story that both Rosiak and Knowles shared included a title image of the poster for the “Trans Day of Vengeance.”
In a tweet Wednesday evening, Johnson said he had been locked out of his account for several hours, but after 5,000 tweets were sent asking for his account to be restored, he was allowed back in.
Today I got locked out of my Twitter account for a few hours.
In that time +5K tweets were sent to get us reinstated. Outreach from so many accounts defending us.
I’m so grateful for YOU.
Our movement is powerful.
A digital army. God bless you
Honored to fight with you.
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) March 29, 2023
Twitter staffer Ella Irwin responded to complaints on Tuesday, explaining that the company “had to automatically sweep our platform and remove >5000 tweets /retweets of” the poster put out by the Trans Radical Activist Network advertising the event.
It appears that even people criticizing the event were caught up in that “sweep.”
“We do not support tweets that incite violence irrespective of who posts them,” Irwin said. “‘Vengeance’ does not imply peaceful protest. Organizing or support for peaceful protests is ok.”
Responding to one Twitter user, Irwin said that no strikes have been levied against Twitter users who tweeted or retweeted the event poster “unless it is reposted after removal or was posted with additional calls for violence/wishes of harm.”
In one such message, Daily Wire podcaster Matt Walsh flagged the suspension of his colleague, suggesting to Musk the action must have been a “mistake.”
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) March 29, 2023
As of Wednesday evening, the accounts for Rep. Greene, Johnson, and Cheong appear to have been restored. Knowles, Davis, and Rosiak have not yet posted since reports of their account lock-outs.
Meanwhile, despite the horrific murder of Christian children and school staff-members by a transgender-identifying woman on Monday, the self-professed “radical” transgender activists organizing the “Day of Vengeance” have not opted to cancel or reschedule the event, according to a report by the U.K. Daily Mail.
The event is slated to take place in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. from Friday, March 31 until Sunday, April 2, according to The Daily Mail.