Freshman Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is in hot water after blocking users on Twitter.
A federal judge set a precedent in May outlawing politicians
from blocking users on Twitter, contending President Donald Trump would violate
the U.S. Constitution by preventing certain Americans from viewing his tweets
on the “designated public forum.”
The same ruling applies to the socialist “Squad” leader.
Former Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a Democrat who describes himself as a “proud Jewish American and a staunch supporter of Israel,” filed a lawsuit against Ocasio-Cortez after she blocked him. Ocasio-Cortez tried to get the case dismissed, arguing Hikind “lacks standing to bring the action,” noting she only blocks individuals whose commentary is not “constructive.”
Ocasio-Cortez has claimed she blocks people on Twitter for “harassment, not for political views.” However, Hikind maintains the Democrat darling blocked him in June after he condemned her comments comparing migrant detention centers on the U.S. southern border to concentration camps.
“That comment from her, I found so incredibly outrageous,”
the former Democrat assemblyman said. “I was shut out basically from having a
Ocasio-Cortez ’s aide insisted the New York congresswoman made a “judgement call” to block Hikind, but said she was not aware of why Ocasio-Cortez made the decision.
Judge Frederic Block rejected the aid’s argument and mandated Ocasio-Cortez appear in court on Sept. 27 and provide an explanation detailing why she blocked Hikind along with 19 other Twitter users.
“I think she has to testify,” Judge Block said. “Her point is
that this was an A-OK thing to do…she has to explain.”
In a press release issued in August, Hikind argued Ocasio-Cortez is a wimp.
“After acknowledging that she blocked me to disable my
commenting without citing an offensive comment, it’s clear to me that Ms.
Ocasio-Cortez is a coward,” he said. “With millions of followers, why is she
still so afraid of what I have to say?”
Speaking to reporters, Hikind doubled down, mocking Ocasio-Cortez for being weak-kneed to criticism.
“AOC may have not liked what I said but I think it was so
incredibly cowardly for AOC to have blocked me,” he said.
Ocasio-Cortez defended her right to block Twitter users in August, after Columbia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute warned her the action is unconstitutional.
“Many of your tweets staking out positions on issues
such as immigration, the environment, and impeachment have made headline
news,” the institute said in a letter to the congresswoman. “The @AOC
account is important to you as a legislator, to your constituents, and to
others who seek to understand and influence your legislative decisions and
Ocasio-Cortez shot back, assuring she has only blocked less than 20 accounts for “ongoing harassment.”
“Harassment is not a viewpoint,” Ocasio-Cortez
wrote. “Some accounts, like the Daily Caller, posted fake nude photos of
me & abused my comments to spread it. No one is entitled to abuse.
“People are free to speak whatever classist, racist,
false, misogynistic, bigoted comments they’d like,” the congresswoman
continued in another
tweet. “They do not have the right to force others to endure their
harassment and abuse.”