Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn is working to rally support from donors after Twitter blocked a campaign ad from appearing on the site over a statement about the "sale of baby body parts," and said the "liberal elite" are trying to censor her for "telling the truth."
Blackburn sent a fundraising appeal to her supporters Monday after a digital ad was blocked by the social media company, which claimed it included an "inflammatory statement."
"Silicon Valley elites are trying to impose their values on us. When I talked about our legislative accomplishments to stop the sale of baby body parts, they responded by calling our ad ‘inflammatory' and ‘negative,'" Blackburn said in her fundraising email.
"The liberal elite wants to censor us at every opportunity. But the American people voted for a conservative agenda—donate $25 today to keep our movement alive!"
In the ad from Blackburn's campaign, the Tennessee congresswoman says she "fought Planned Parenthood, and we stopped the sale of baby body parts, thank God."
Blackburn led the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, which was started in 2015 to investigate the practices of abortion providers like Planned Parenthood.
A Twitter official told Blackburn's vendors the ad would be blocked from appearing on the platform unless it erased the statement "stopped the sale of baby body parts." Twitter said the claim was an "inflammatory statement that is likely to evoke a strong negative reaction."
Blackburn is running for the seat currently held by Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who announced he won't seek re-election in 2018.