FoxNews.com reports that
Former Democratic New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind filed a lawsuit against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. in federal court on Tuesday for blocking users on Twitter based on their personal viewpoints, following a federal appeals court ruling earlier in the day barring President Trump from doing the same.
“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has blocked me on Twitter yesterday apparently because my critique of her tweets and policies have been too stinging,” Hikind said in a statement announcing the suit, which was filed in the Eastern District of New York and obtained by Fox News.
“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,” he added. “Twitter is a public space, and all should have access to the government officials on it.”
The First Amendment prohibits discrimination by government actors against a person’s free speech based on his or her viewpoints.
Hikind continued: “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!” he concluded.
The complaint seeks an injunction against Ocasio-Cortez, a declaration that she violated the First Amendment, and an award of attorney’s fees. The complaint focuses on Ocasio-Cortez’s popular and active @AOC account, with more than 4.6 million followers.
Ocasio-Cortez has maintained a much smaller and rarely used official account, @RepAOC, with only 171,000 followers, but has used her personal @AOC account to discuss politics and engage with constituents and colleagues regularly.
For example, the top post pinned to Ocasio-Cortez’s @AOC feed on Tuesday stated, “A #GreenNewDeal is our plan for a world and a future worth fighting for.” On July 5, she wrote to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, “Thank you, @SenSanders. It’s an honor to work alongside you and the millions of other people fighting for education, healthcare, and a living wage as rights.”
Hikind, speaking to Fox News, added that in addition to himself, “several others, including journalists” have been blocked entirely from viewing or interacting with Ocasio-Cortez’s tweets. (Twitter also permits Ocasio-Cortez to “mute” users so that she cannot see their responses, without blocking them from viewing her tweets entirely — a middle-ground option U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald had suggested to Trump.)
The Daily Caller said Ocasio-Cortez blocked the site in May after it contradicted her claims on the Green New Deal rollout. Additionally, OANN’s Liz Wheeler tweeted on July 5 that Ocasio-Cortez had blocked her, even though she was “respectful & civil.”
…In its decision, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals noted that because Trump has used Twitter to communicate with the public about his administration, and because his account has been open to the public for people to comment on his posts, it warranted constitutional free speech protection under the First Amendment.
The appellate ruling specifically affirmed a lower court’s decision that declared the president’s account a “public forum” for First Amendment purposes.
…The court rejected Trump’s argument that he was using his Twitter account, which has more than 60 million followers and routinely discusses matters of policy, in a personal capacity.
…The Justice Department, meanwhile, stood by Trump’s position and indicated an appeal may be forthcoming.
Twitter, like Facebook, has been very biased as regarding to whom they ban.
Liberals seem to be able to say whatever they wish, while Conservatives have to walk on egg shells.
President Trump asked for the ability to block certain commenters for a good reason.
His Twitter Account is infested with Liberal Bots, posters who automatically flood his account with the same insults and infantile videos whenever the President posts, attempting to keep his supporters from responding and the President from communicating.
…and a lot of these “New Bolsheviks” are paid for their infantile behavior.
Take the Krassenstein Brothers, for example.
The Daily Beast reported on May 23rd of this year that
Twitter has permanently banned prominent anti-Trump brothers Brian and Ed Krassenstein, alleging that two of the biggest stars of #Resistance Twitter had broken the site’s rules about operating fake accounts and purchasing fake interactions with their accounts.
“The Twitter Rules apply to everyone,” a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement. “Operating multiple fake accounts and purchasing account interactions are strictly prohibited. Engaging in these behaviors will result in permanent suspension from the service.”
The suspensions are a major loss for the Krassensteins, who had used their massive Twitter followers and ability to quickly respond to tweets from Donald Trump to make themselves internet celebrities. Ed Krassenstein had roughly 925,000 followers before he was banned, while Brian Krassenstein had more than 697,000.
The brothers appeared to be unusually good at getting attention on Twitter. While the Twitter statement doesn’t explain what the Krassensteins allegedly did to illicitly promote their accounts, “fake interactions” could engage buying bots to retweet their posts, or buying fake followers to inflate their profiles on the site.
In a statement to The Daily Beast, the Krassensteins denied breaking Twitter rules.
“Twitter claims that we manipulated our interactions through the purchase of fake accounts and fake interactions,” the Krassenstein brothers said. “We have never once acquired anything for the purpose of increasing our Twitter presence.”
The Krassensteins say they only operated secondary accounts on Twitter to monitor death threats, as well as accounts for their businesses.
“None of those accounts were ever used for manipulative purposes as Twitter claims,” the Krassensteins said in the statement.
As heroes of the anti-Trump resistance, the Krassensteins won admiration from liberals and anger from conservatives for their willingness to tweak Trump and his supporters online. The Krassenstein brothers even turned their online fandom into a book—featuring a shirtless, muscular Special Counsel Robert Mueller pursuing Trump.
Before turning to politics in 2017, the brothers saw their homes raided by federal agents investigating an alleged investment scheme. The Krassensteins were not charged.
Per The Daily Beast, the Feds seized $500,000 from the brothers which was gained by them through wire fraud.
So, those whom President Trump seeks to block are not innocent average Liberal critics.
A lot of them are political operatives whose sole purpose is to damage the presidency of Donald J. Trump through interfering with his preferred way of directly communicating to the American people.
I am often asked if Trump’s Tweets are just “tacky teasing” or is it a “terrific tactic”?
Actually, I believe that it is a bit of both.
While President Trump is posting his never-ending tweets, he is simultaneously working hard to fulfill his campaign promises..
The Liberal reaction of both anger and false “concern” about the 45th President’s prolific use of Twitter reminds me of a strategy or “tactic” which can be seen in the 1982 movie, “Rocky III’, in a scene in which Rocky “The Italian Stallion” Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) is fighting his heart out in the late stages of a “revenge” match against the animalistic Clubber Lang (Mr. T).
Beaten until he seemingly cannot stand anymore, Rocky starts teasing Clubber to hit him with his best shot. Clubber hits him time and again, while a seemingly-unfazed Rocky taunts him, saying, “You ain’t so bad”.
Eventually Clubber wears himself out, giving Rocky the opportunity to beat the living daylights out of him, leaving Clubber lying in the middle of the ring.
By teasing his opponent into a blinding rage, Rocky was able to accomplish his goal of winning back the World Heavyweight Championship.
By teasing the Democrat Party and their Propaganda Arm, the Main Stream Media, in a similar fashion, President Trump has made them vulnerable, just as Rocky made Clubber.
Trump is not a professional politician. He thinks like an average American, saying and tweeting what is on his mind.
And, like every American Citizen, his rights are secured by Almighty God and the United States Constitution.
If he cannot legally block the trolls on his Twitter Feed, then AOC should not be able to block her critics, either.
Regardless, President Trump’s use of Twitter to get his message out has been innovative and masterful.
Tacky teasing? Most definitely.
Terrific tactic? Most assuredly.
Isn’t Modern Technology wonderful?
Until He Comes,