Perhaps you heard that yesterday, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed an earlier ruling which stipulated that public officials aren’t allowed to block people on Twitter, noting that if a public official (in this case, Trump), uses Twitter to communicate to the public about matters related to his policies/administration, and his account is open, constitutional free speech protection covered by the First Amendment applies.
Now, I should say before I go any further, I think this decision is absolute bullsh*t. Nothing about the First Amendment guarantees anyone the right to be HEARD. Speak all you want. Trump isn’t stopping you. You can talk about Trump on Twitter as much as you like. But there is nothing that requires him to have to see it.
But the judge thought differently. “We do conclude,” Judge Barrington D. Parker said, “…that 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.”
And further, he said, “We conclude that the evidence of the official nature of the account is overwhelming. We also conclude that once the president has chosen a platform and opened up its interactive space to millions of users and participants, he may not selectively exclude those whose views he disagrees with.”
Again, that’s ridiculous. But what’s happened as a result?
AOC is getting sued.
Former Democratic New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind filed a lawsuit against her yesterday for blocking him and other users, saying, “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has blocked me on Twitter yesterday apparently because my critique of her tweets and policies have been too stinging. 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. Twitter is a public space, and all should have access to the government officials on it.”
And doesn’t THAT open up a whole can of worms? Is this requirement just going to pertain to elected officials?
Hikind went on to say, “It’s unclear if Ocasio-Cortez is aware of this ruling or not, but either way, I have decided, after speaking with my legal counsel, to initiate a lawsuit against her for blocking me and a host of other public figures. Ocasio-Cortez is acting cowardly and should be ashamed of her attempts to silence me. I’ve done nothing but address her ignorance and disregard for the truth. She constantly brags about the millions of followers she has but is afraid of my speech. She is a hypocrite. I’m looking forward to the day where she has to unblock me so that free speech in America is guaranteed even when it offends!”
Hikind is recruiting other people to join him. “If you or anyone you know has been blocked by @AOC please get in touch with me ASAP!” he tweeted yesterday. So you know who got on board? Joey Saladino, who’s running in NY-11.
“I’m suing AOC because we need to be able to have a strong and vigorous debate between the parties, otherwise our fragile system of ideas and representation breaks down,” Saladino said in a statement. “Though she is not in a position of power, she is the voice of her generation of Democrat voters, and bigger than some of the Presidential candidates.”
DOJ says an appeal is imminent on the Twitter Trump ruling, so we’ll see where this all goes.
Meanwhile, in the latest AOC IS AN IDIOT news, guess what she told a radio station yesterday when she was asked what she thought a sensible border policy looks like? She said, “We should not be using detention for people who have harmed no one.”
Let’s unpack that.
How would we know, exactly, if an illegal immigrant had or hadn’t harmed anyone, unless we detained them to find out WHO IN THE HELL THEY EVEN ARE.
She also said we need to eliminate the Department of Homeland Security completely, because Bush made egregious mistakes or something.
“I feel like we are, at a very, it’s a very qualified and supported position, at least in terms of evidence, and in terms of being able to make the argument that we never should of created DHS in the early 2000s.”
I totally hate the 2nd Circuit Court’s decision, but DAYUM I’m loving that AOC is getting a taste of it. How will leftists deal?