Blackburn celebrates 'first Senate conservative' victory after Twitter reverses course on video ban

Blackburn celebrates 'first Senate conservative' victory after Twitter reverses course on video ban

October 11th, 2017 by Andy Sher in Breaking News

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention on Thursday in Cleveland, Ohio.

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NASHVILLE — U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., celebrated Wednesday after Twitter reversed course and allowed her Senate campaign to resume promoting a video that includes anti-abortion comments.

The Brentwood, Tenn., Republican, who is running to replace retiring Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., had posted her campaign announcement to Twitter. In it she touted having "fought" Planned Parenthood and stopping "the sale of baby body parts, thank God."

Twitter initially deemed the post "inflammatory," but by Tuesday it had reversed its stance.

"After further review, we have made the decision to allow the content in question from Rep. Blackburn's campaign ad to be promoted on our ads platform," Twitter said in a statement.

"The American people have just risen up, and I said this is our first Senate conservative victory," Blackburn told "Fox & Friends" Wednesday morning. "Because we stood firm and Twitter reconsidered, and they are going to allow us to put my campaign announcement back up to push it out on their platform — which is exactly what we're going to do."

Blackburn was chairwoman of a House panel that delved into allegations raised by an anti-abortion rights group's secretly recorded videos of conversations of Planned Parenthood officials.

The group, the Center for Medical Progress, alleged the videos demonstrated Planned Parenthood was "profiting" from the "sale" of fetal tissue.

Planned Parenthood officials argued the videos were selectively edited to mislead the public. The full videos were later released.


This story was updated Oct. 11 at 11:59 p.m.