Fox News confirmed on Thursday that the namesake of Tucker Carlson Tonight will not be deleting his tweet that correctly identifies the Biden Administration’s Assistant Health Secretary Rachel Levine as a man.
Tweets about Levine, who is transgender, have ended with the suspension of multiple prominent conservative commentators and activists, including Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk, and satirical news site The Babylon Bee’s CEO. Tweets identifying Levine as a man have been labeled as “hateful content” by Twitter, despite the fact that Levine is a biological male.
“We can confirm to the Washington Times that Tucker is not planning to delete anything,” a statement from Fox News said to the outlet.
Carlson, then, will no longer be able to use his verified Twitter account, which has nearly 5 million followers. Access will only be restored once Carlson removes the tweet in question. Carlson would need to delete the post before being given access to Twitter again, but would only be given full access after 12 hours.
Levine became controversial on the site through basically no fault of her own. The Biden admin was named as one of USA Today’s “Women of the Year,” to which the Babylon Bee joked that Levine was the “Man of the year.” A tweet about Levine by Charlie Kirk said that Levine had spent “54 years of his life as a man.”
Carlson got suspended after tweeting: “But wait,” Carlson’s tweet read. “Both of these tweets are true.”
“Everything I said was precisely accurate,” Kirk said in a statement to The Post Millennial following his Twitter suspension, “and yet, Twitter still suspended my account. That should terrify every American, even those who disagree with me. What they want is submission. They have become the enemy of the truth.”
“You may not promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, caste, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease,” Twitter’s rules violation message reads.