Liberals should not have been so quick to change the rules for politicians online.
When a federal judge declared that President Trump, as a politician, couldn’t block his Twitter followers, the ruling applied to other politicians as well. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is being sued by former Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind for blocking him on Twitter. After Cortez tried to get the case dismissed, a judge demanded on September 27 that she appear in court to explain why she blocked Hikind and 19 other individuals.
Ocasio-Cortez’s aide explained in court that the Congresswoman blocked people if their commentary was not “constructive.” This was not enough for Brooklyn judge Frederic Block. He demanded that Ocasio-Cortez come to court herself to explain her reasons for blocking people.
A tweet from Ocasio-Cortez in August offered an explanation: harassment. She tweeted, “Harassment is not a viewpoint. No one is entitled to abuse.” This was in response to a letter from the Columbia Knight First Amendment Institute, which asked why Ocasio-Cortez was blocking people on Twitter in the first place.
Democrat Dov Hikind took issue with Ocasio-Cortez’s approach to describing immigration law enforcement. He tweeted at her in June about her comparison of migrant centers to “concentration camps.” Hikind describes himself on Twitter as a “proud Jewish American and a staunch supporter of Israel.” Ocasio-Cortez blocked him.
He tweeted on September 26, “Looking forward to seeing her in court.”
According to the New York Post , Judge Block stated, “I think she has to testify. Her point is that this was an A-OK thing to do … she has to explain.”
The congresswoman initially tried to have the case dismissed, saying that Hikind “lacks standing to bring the action.”
However, in 2018, Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald stated that President Trump was “violating the Constitution” by blocking people online. Twitter was described as a “designated public platform” on which the President could not block people. This definition is being upheld in court as well for Ocasio-Cortez.
If Twitter is ruled again to be a “designated public platform,” this might mean that the company would have to reinstate banned accounts under First Amendment principles.
She’s a Democrat and a mentally challenged woman of color. She’s not going to face any serious consequences under >current year< rules.
Separate question…is AOC a white nationalist? That hand gesture is an official racist white nationalist nazi KKK white supremacist confederate symbol of hate and oppression of people of color.
If the judge didn’t issue a warrant then she’s not showing up.
She’s a public official. Too bad if she doesn’t like what someone has to say. No politician should be able to selectively hear only what they want to hear.
AOC wanted Trump put in prison for blocking people on Twitter. I say the same standard that she wants for others should be imposed on her first! Get ready for lock up AOC!
It should be prohibited for any public official to use Twitter as a public forum, whether they ban people or not, because Twitter bans and shadow bans people from these “public” forums based on 1st Amendment protected speech. By choosing Twitter, public officials are choosing to exclude anyone Twitter excludes.
So now you support government interference…no surprise.
Is it??? I thought all along you guys were denying that…
Is English your second language? Because your ability to detect sarcasm and humor is abysmal.
Now that AOC is a pubic serpent she is not allowed to block people since all her accounts are now part of her official job as a congresswoman. They don’t want to let Trump block people so she must follow the same rules.
Don’t you want everyone following the same rules @montecresto1?
Imagine if Trump blocked her. She’d be screaming about it at the top of her lungs.
Of course everyone should follow the same rules. Trump shouldn’t have been blocking people, and you guys shouldn’t have been defending him doing so, and AOC shouldn’t be blocking people and I DONT defend her doing so. Let’s hope a judge slaps her chops good…
No public servant should be blocking anybody, wouldn’t you say?
Is that to say that you believe the gesture to be racist?
She got this…AOC go turn the garbage disposal off, grab a glass of red wine, sit down, and testify via Instagram.
I would love to see AOC and everyone else in the moron squad get slammed for crap like this. They want everyone else to live by their rules but they don’t expect to abide by them themselves. They are the biggest “squad” of hypocrites I’ve seen in my life.