By Newsweek |
Republicans Sue Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for Blocking Them on Twitter
A pair of Republicans from New York reportedly have pending lawsuits against Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for blocking them on Twitter.
Former state assemblyman Dov Hikind tweeted Tuesday afternoon that if President Donald Trump was told by a judge that he cannot block anyone on social media, then Congress should follow the same rules.
"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?"
No one is above the law. If the courts ruled POTUS canât block people on Twitter, why would @AOC think she can get away with silencing her critics? pic.twitter.com/Ea498kTWEs— Dov Hikind (@HikindDov) July 9, 2019
Joseph Saladino, who calls himself the first "YouTuber to run for office," is running for Congress against incumbent Matt Rose. Saladino said Tuesday evening that he has filed his paperwork already.
"I have officially filed my lawsuit against [Ocasio-Cortez] for blocking me on twitter. Trump is not allowed to block people, will the standards apply equally? Stay tuned to find out!"
I have officially filed my lawsuit against AOC for blocking me on twitter.— Saladino for Congress (@JoeySalads) July 9, 2019
Trump is not allowed to block people, will the standards apply equally?
Stay tuned to find out! pic.twitter.com/0RmHI7x9Qc
Saladino posted a photo of his filing, and he checked the box that indicates he does not want a jury trial. He added, "If we can't talk to one another, the whole system breaks down. Look what is happening in my district when entrenched NeverTrumpers are confronted by America First ideas. Like it or not we live in the same city and we need to be professional."
A federal judge in 2018 said President Trump's tweets were a matter of public record, and that no matter how strongly he felt against someone or their comments, he could not block them.
"This case requires us to consider whether a public official may, consistent with the First Amendment, 'block' a person from his Twitter account in response to the political views that person has expressed, and whether the analysis differs because that public official is the President of the United States," New York federal judge Naomi Rice said. "The answer to both questions is no."
And when the president allegedly didn't unblock some of his followers who had been blocked, they spoke out this spring.
Dov Hikind said all publicly-elected officials should not have access to blocking people on their social media.
"Just today the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a ruling that elected officials cannot block individuals from their Twitter accounts, thereby setting a precedent that Ocasio-Cortez must follow," Hikind said on Fox News. "Twitter is a public space, and all should have access to the government officials on it."