HARRISBURG, Pa.: A Pennsylvania legislator shared on Fb a picture mocking the looks of the states not too long ago departed well being secretary, Dr. Rachel Levine, a transgender girl who has been nominated to serve within the Biden administration, after which supplied a common apology Saturday.
State Rep. Jeff Pyle, a Republican from Armstrong and Indiana counties in western Pennsylvania, mentioned on Fb that he had no thought” the submit mocking Levine can be … acquired as poorly because it was” however that tens of 1000’s of heated emails assured me it was.”
I owe an apology and I supply it humbly,” Pyle mentioned, not particularly apologizing to Levine or different transgender folks, however later repeating an apology to all affected.”
Levine has not commented. The state well being division didn’t instantly reply to an e-mail looking for a response to Pyle’s preliminary submit or his apology.
Feedback on his Fb web page had referred to as for him to resign.
President Joe Biden tapped Levine a day earlier than his inauguration be his assistant secretary of well being, leaving her poised to change into the primary overtly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Pyle, who was first elected in 2004, cited a dialog with the Democratic chief within the state Home who defined the error of my submit.” He confused that he didn’t give you the meme however merely shared it, although he mentioned he mustn’t have completed so.
From this case I’ve discovered to not poke enjoyable at folks completely different than me and to carry my tongue. Be an even bigger man,” he wrote.
Pyle wrote he would depart Fb quickly” however was not resigning and would concentrate on a Butler Group School venture and the financial revitalization of Pennsylvania amid the COVID-19 pandemic.