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Pa Legislator posts meme mocking Dr. Rachel Levine

Pa state Rep. Jeff Pyle
Pennsylvania state Rep. Jeff Pyle, R-Armstrong, speaks at an annual gun rights rally in the state Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg, Pa

On Thursday State Rep. Jeff Pyle a Republican from western Pennsylvania posted an offensive meme mocking Dr. Rachel Levine, President Biden’s pick for Assistant Secretary of Health.

Saturday he offered an apology and by 6:00 pm eastern Pyle deleted his Facebook page.

His “apology” Saturday on Facebook was addressed “to all affected” but not directly to Levine. Rep. Pyle said on Facebook that he “had no idea” the post mocking Levine “would be … received as poorly as it was” but that “tens of thousands of heated emails assured me it was.”

Dr. Levine previously served as Pennsylvania Secretary of Health so Pyle knew exactly what he was doing. Further proof that if you see ‘but’ in an ‘apology’ it’s just an excuse.

Pyle, who was first elected in 2004, cited a conversation with the Democratic leader in the state House “who explained the error of my post.” He stressed that he did not come up with the meme but merely shared it, though he said he should not have done so.

“From this situation, I have learned to not poke fun at people different than me and to hold my tongue. Be a bigger man,” he wrote.

Pyle wrote he would leave Facebook “soon” but was not resigning and would focus on a Butler Community College project and the economic revitalization of Pennsylvania amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

SisTers PGH
Trigger Warning: Transphobia/Cistemic Transphobia
Hey PA,
Introducing transphobic trash PA State Rep. Jeff Pyle,he needs to understand we don’t play about our Dr. Levine! Transphobia will NOT be tolerated in Pennsylvania! Do what you do interwebs! This will not be tolerated ESPECIALLY from elects! Let everybody know! #DrLevinesBeeHive

Rep. Jeff Pyle is no longer on Facebook.

Kelli Busey
Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender