This image was worth far more than 1,000 words, especially given what it says about how Twitter appears to be still doing business, according to The Western Journal.
Sen. Steve Daines, a Republican from Montana and an outspoken critic of President Joe Biden, had his Twitter account suspended on Monday because of a profile picture that offended someone's sensibilities.
Despite the fact that it is a photograph that any hunter would be proud of.
Daines' deputy press secretary, Blake Kernen, wrote in an email to The Western Journal on Tuesday that the senator was informed Monday night that “his Twitter account was locked because his profile picture violated their rules against ‘graphic violence.’ The picture is of him and his wife Cindy with a Montana antelope.
He and his wife Cindy are pictured with a Montana antelope.
“Our team has reached out to Twitter to get this resolved and they let us know that until he removes his picture, he will be locked out.
"The Senator believes it is preposterous that a picture of him and his wife hunting — an activity that is engrained in the Montana way of life — would be against Twitter rules. The Senator will not remove the profile picture.
“The picture, which was taken in October 2022 has also been used on Facebook and Instagram and has been the Senator’s profile picture on twitter for over a month.”
The email included a statement from Daines: “My wife is a great shot,” Daines said. “What can I say?”
Daines’ spokeswoman Rachel Dumke published her own Twitter post about the situation (with the ostensibly offensive photo being hidden behind a Twitter “potentially sensitive content” curtain).
“Because going hunting with your wife is apparently against @Twitter rules now,” she wrote. “What a joke.”
Conservatives may have thought they were past Twitter's oppressive behavior after it was purchased by the mega-billionaire and self-described "free-speech absolutist" Elon Musk.
The regime, which had enforced blatant anti-conservative bias through suspensions, shadow-banning of politically inconvenient content, and other means, appeared to have been forced to give way to an actual free market of ideas.
And now an outspoken conservative Republican is being suspended for what might seem like a minor offense.
Conservatives had a lot to say on Twitter using the hashtag #FreeSteveDaines. And many of them included a picture of the ostensibly forbidden image.
“If you don’t like hunting, fine, don’t go. But don’t censor others who disagree,” Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas wrote.
“Stop censoring our Montana way of life!” wrote Rep. Ryan Zinke of Montana, who served as interior secretary during the Trump administration.