Twitter denied my appeal. Looks like I stay in Twitter jail indefinitely unless I buy into their reality by deleting my tweet. Here is the communication I received:
Thank you for your patience as we reviewed your appeal request for account @SteveAshby, regarding the following:
Our support team has determined that a violation did take place, and therefore we will not overturn our decision.
You will not be able to access Twitter through your account due to violation of the Twitter Rules, specifically our rules around:
[sic]In order to restore account functionality, you can resolve the violations by logging into your account and completing the on-screen instructions.
Meanwhile, as the impasse continues, I am exploring some other social media options and using the time I have been wasting on Twitter writing and otherwise being productive. So, Thanks, Twitter.