Twitter Suspends Dave Rubin for Sharing Jordan Peterson's Elliot Page Tweet

Days after Jordan Peterson was suspended from Twitter for his offensive comments about Elliot Page, The Rubin Report host Dave Rubin has now suffered a similar fate for sharing a screenshot of the same tweet.

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro broke the news to his followers on Tuesday that Rubin had been suspended by what he calls the "woke activists" who run Twitter. Shapiro also shared Peterson's original tweet, putting himself at risk of being suspended from the platform, as well.

Last week, Canadian psychologist and conservative commentator Peterson shared a tweet that deadnamed transgender actor Elliot Page and called the doctor who performed a mastectomy on them a "criminal physician" while recalling a time when pride was "a sin."

Dave Rubin, Elliot Page, Jordan Peterson
Conservative commentator Dave Rubin (L) was suspended from Twitter after sharing a transphobic tweet from Jordan Peterson (R) about actor Elliot Page (C). Rubin revealed his suspension in a message to Ben Shapiro. Getty Images

"I have been suspended by Twitter for posting a screenshot of Jordan Peterson's tweet which got he himself suspended," Rubin wrote in a message sent to and published by Shapiro. Rubin and Peterson's daughter, Mikhaila Peterson, had both shared screenshots of the tweet and the violation alert he'd received from Twitter.

"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 continued. "I hope 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."

Rubin then directed his followers to join him on his crowdfunding platform, Locals.

Shapiro was unforgiving in his assessment of the situation.

"[Rubin] has now been suspended for posting news about [Peterson's] suspension, all because we are not allowed to mention that until five minutes ago, Elliott Page, who is very very very male, was a female actress named Ellen Page," he said, using Page's deadname.

He then retweeted memes and jokes mocking the situation.

"BTW, there is literally no way to make a factual statement about this issue if that tweet gets me suspended," Shapiro wrote, addressing the fact that he could also get suspended. "Perhaps this is Twitter's chain strategy for banning: if you note that Twitter has suspended someone for mentioning the unmentionable, they erase you. Then someone else mentions that you have been suspended, and they are purged as well."

British author and political commentator Douglas Murray weighed in on the situation, and also shared a screenshot of the Twitter rule violation that Rubin received. "Does ⁦Twitter intend to have a future? Also, could it explain whether Elliot was ever Ellen? Or Caitlyn was ever Bruce?" he tweeted, referring to Olympian Caitlyn Jenner.

Peterson addressed his Twitter suspension with a 15-minute video posted to his Instagram and YouTube channels. He could be reinstated to Twitter if he deletes the original tweet, but he said he "would rather die" than do that.

Newsweek reached out to Jordan Peterson and Elliot Page for comment.