GOP Rep. Jim Banks has deleted his account on Twitter after posting a defense of an American Muslim government official whose used female pronouns in a tweeted image.
Bank’s tweet and later retweets were deleted Sunday night after the National Republican Congressional Committee took him to task.
“This senior fellow with the NEA last year tweeted an image of a transgender woman who uses male pronouns,” Banks’ account tweeted. “We all agree that transphobia is wrong but in this case it didn’t come from a partisan Democrat or liberal. The person in question works for the NEA and the image was not his, but the left doesn’t play by those rules.”
This senior fellow with the NEA last year tweeted an image of a transgender woman who uses male pronouns. pic.twitter.com/iRPgc3LYTq — Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) March 18, 2018
“It’s important to keep the facts straight,” the account tweeted. “The photo did not appear on the NEA website.”
Banks then deleted the tweet, re-tweeted several posts, and followed with a longer tweet re-correcting the account to name a woman: “There is no comparison to what happened on the left with women. The fact is the NEA senior fellow stood up for equality.”
He followed this up with a clarification to clarify that he was referring to an account, not an individual, and clarified that the person he had been referring to is just an official: “The person I was referring to has a demanding role – working with vulnerable kids and trying to push through policies that empower communities.”
The account tweeted that they had reported the issue to Twitter and the “issue has now been resolved.”
On Twitter, he is usually identified by his maiden name, while on Facebook he is also identified as Jim L. Banks, and his account notes that he began his career as a member of the administration of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. He is running for Michigan’s new 7th District seat, which was won by Democrat Rashida Tlaib in a special election in January.
For the first time in its history, the NRCC shared its Twitter account to every member in Congress.
Immediately after he deleted the tweet, the account began retweeting other views from across the spectrum.