Former Dem Lawmaker Sues AOC For Blocking Him On Twitter
Former Democratic New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind said he plans to sue Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for blocking Twitter users. I have to admit, I laughed when I first heard about the former lawmaker's plans to sue AOC, but he actually has a point.
"Most likely we will be [the] only plaintiff, but [we will be] citing other examples," Hikind told Fox News on Tuesday. "The claim is [the] same as [the] one against Trump. She uses that account for political/policy commentary, so to shut a citizen off from her statements is a problem — as well as blocking me from petitioning her or seeking redress."
The lawsuit against the 29-year-old New York Democrat would target her personal @AOC Twitter account, which has a much larger audience of 4.6 million followers than the 171,000 followers of her official account.
"No one is above the law. If the courts ruled POTUS can’t block people on Twitter, why would @AOC think she can get away with silencing her critics?" Hikind said Tuesday on Twitter.
— Dov Hikind (@HikindDov) July 9, 2019
The Against Trump Was Upheld On Tuesday:
"A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld a lower court's decision that found that Trump violated the First Amendment when he blocked certain Twitter users, because he uses his Twitter account "to conduct official business and to interact with the public." By preventing critics from accessing his feed, the president is barring them from participating in what the judges deemed a public forum.
"[The] First Amendment does not permit a public official who utilizes a social media account for all manner of official purposes to exclude persons from an otherwise-open online dialogue because they expressed views with which the official disagrees," the judges wrote.
The case stems from a lawsuit filed by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University on behalf of seven people who were blocked from the @realDonaldTrump account after posting replies criticizing the president and his policies. That meant the users could not view the president's tweets, reply directly to them or use the account's webpage to view the comment threads associated with Trump's tweets.
"Public officials' social media accounts are now among the most significant forums for discussion of government policy," Jameel Jaffer, the Knight Institute's executive director, who argued the case before the 2nd Circuit panel in March, said in a statement."
Taking that into consideration, it doesn't seem as silly as it sounds to sue AOC for blocking a critic. Especially if the president of The United States can't even block people.