A three judge panel of the 2nd district Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that President Trump cannot block his Twitter followers just because they post critical or divisive comments. I agree. The president uses his @RealDonaldTrump account for public and policy statements – not just for personal issues as a private citizen. As he uses this public forum for government business, blocking the public would be in violation of the followers’ First Amendment rights.
That being “settled,” it will be interesting if leftist radical Alexandria Ocasio Cortez is treated the same, as a lawsuit was recently filed to force AOC to unblock those who have been critical of her.
from the Lead Patriot:
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.