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Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert on Thursday accused a reporter of cheating on him and “triggering hurt feelings” after the reporter accidentally used female pronouns to refer to the Texas representative.

Journalist Hunter Walker emailed Gohmert for comment, claiming he was writing an article about the Congressman’s alleged links to the January 6 Capitol riots. In the second paragraph of his email, however, Walker accidentally referred to Gohmert and “Members of its staff”.

Gohmert – a man who uses his pronouns – took to social media on Thursday to protest Walker’s email.

“This week Hunter Walker ‘a reporter’ emailed my office but roughed me up, triggering hurt feelings and my search for a safe space away from fanatic false pronouns,” Gohmert tweeted, before questioning whether Twitter would punish Walker and Rolling Stone in the same way it punished Reps Jim Banks and Marjorie Taylor-Greene last week after calling four-star transgender admiral Rachel Levine a man. .

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Although Walker accused Gohmert of not taking the Jan.6 riot investigation seriously, he also apologized for the mistake on Twitter, saying he had “badly typed” the wrong pronoun and that he regrets the mistake.

Other social media users accused Gohmert for deflecting questions in Walker’s email and claims he acted like a “pathetic little troll.”

The US State Department, however, advised Americans last week about the importance of using the correct pronouns.

“Knowing and using someone’s pronouns avoids accidentally assuming an incorrect gender based on a name or appearance,” the State Department said, listing non-binary options as “they / them” and “ze / zir / zirs” among the most traditional masculine and feminine pronouns.

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