Sean Davis, CEO of the conservative news outlet The Federalist, was locked out of his Twitter account Tuesday night after he reported on an event called the “Trans Day of Vengeance,” which is scheduled for this weekend.
The event, sponsored by Trans Radical Activist Network (TRAN), and is taking place in Washington D.C. from March 31 until April 2 — just days after a biological woman who identified as male conducted a mass shooting at a Christian school in Nashville, Tennessee.
TRAN, which asserts that people who oppose their ideological beliefs are actively committing acts of genocide, also announced it will be hosting a protest in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on April Fools Day at 11am.
Davis reported on the event, posting, “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.”
Twitter Bans Federalist CEO Sean Davis From Tweeting For Factual Reporting On ‘Trans Day Of Vengeance’ Following Nashville Shooting @elonmusk pic.twitter.com/PSe8wNk6UL
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) March 29, 2023
Subsequently, his account was locked and will remain locked indefinitely until he deletes the post, or unless a senior-level Twitter employee intervenes.
“This is deliberate censorship and gaslighting designed to memory-hole the FACT that the Nashville shooter targeted and murdered Christian children and teachers just days ahead of a scheduled ‘Trans Day of Vengeance,’” Davis said in a statement posted on The Federalist’s Twitter account. “Twitter is lying about the facts and defaming those of us who reported on them.”
Statement from Federalist CEO Sean Davis, who was banned by Twitter from accessing his account for reporting on the Nashville shooting: This is deliberate censorship and gaslighting designed to memory-hole the FACT that the Nashville shooter targeted and murdered Christian…
— The Federalist (@FDRLST) March 29, 2023
Ella Irwin, head of Twitter’s trust and safety, said the company had to automatically sweep the platform and remove more than 5,000 tweets and retweets of the Trans Day of Vengeance poster.
“We do not support tweets that incite violence irrespective of who posts them,” she wrote in a statement on the platform. “‘Vengeance’ does not imply peaceful protest.”
Correct. We had to automatically sweep our platform and remove >5000 tweets /retweets of this poster. We do not support tweets that incite violence irrespective of who posts them. "Vengeance" does not imply peaceful protest. Organizing or support for peaceful protests is ok
— Ella Irwin (@ellagirwin) March 28, 2023
However, Davis did not share the post or an image of the poster. Rather, he linked to a story from media outlet Daily Wire that included the poster in the article.
A number of commentators and observers have noted the timing of the deadly Nashville shooting coincided with the TRAN event and calls for “vengeance,” raising questions as to whether such language was an actual incitement to violence at the Covenant School where six people were fatally shot, including three 9-year-olds.
Investigators said they have uncovered a manifesto detailing why the woman carried out the attack. Despite the fact that the shooter is dead, police are so far unwilling to release it, perhaps caving to pressure from transgender and LGBTQ activists.
The shooter had reportedly been under medical care for a psychological disorder. Her parents told police they knew she had at least one weapon, but believed she should not own any firearms.
According to an exclusive report from Daily Mail, the shooter was at odds with her parents, who were devout Christians and would not accept her gay and transgender identity. She also reportedly planned to carry out more shootings, including attacks against her own family members.