Jordan Peterson went from being a psychologist advising troubled kids to an unlikely political figure as he fought against the Canadian government’s compelled speech law for pronouns. Cockburn watched with fascination as Peterson clashed repeatedly with the left-wing narrative, even going as far as to resign from his tenured position at the University of Toronto due to their rampant leftist ideology.
On June 28, Twitter suspended him for this tweet (as recalled by his daughter):
Wow. @jordanbpeterson got a twitter strike. No more twitter until he deletes the tweet. Definitely not a free speech platform at the moment @elonmusk pic.twitter.com/YuBTwnjz5W
— Mikhaila Peterson (@MikhailaFuller) June 29, 2022
Clearly referring to someone by their birth name is a sin for Twitter. Little did Cockburn know that Dave Rubin, the host of The Rubin Report, was to be next on the chopping block. Rubin sent this tweet before being suspended:
BREAKING: @RubinReport has been suspended from Twitter for defending @jordanbpeterson pic.twitter.com/GcqbaHAOjT
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) July 5, 2022
Another use of the pre-transition name. When will the horrors end?
Rubin later posted a statement on his suspension, claiming, “While it is unclear how I broke their terms of service, it is clear that they are breaking their fiduciary responsibility to their shareholders by letting a bunch of Woke activists run the company.”
He later hoped that “Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter goes through so he can blow up their servers and humanity can move past this pervasive, twisted, self-imposed mental institution.” Well, that’s one way to burn a bridge.
Twitter’s criteria for suspensions have been going back and forth as of late. Yet whatever they ultimately settle on, every suspension and ban of outspoken public figures like Peterson is a reminder that some things are better left to fail.