Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) has been caught blocking conservatives on Twitter again after a court-ordered her to stop.
As of Saturday, Congresswoman Cortez still had at least 4 conservatives blocked from viewing her account. According to Daily Mail, the blocked conservatives include:
- Harry Cherry, a 20-year-old conservative and former journalist who uses the Twitter handle @TheHarryCherry
- Niraj Antani, an Ohio state lawmaker who goes by @NirajAntani
- Liz Wheeler, host of the right-wing One American Network who uses @Liz_Wheeler
- Ryan Saavedra, a conservative activist and reporter at Ben Shapiro’s Daily Wire
Elected officials are not supposed to block anyone on Twitter or any Social Media if they make any statements related to politics or their position. This makes their account a source of public record.
Earlier in 2019, a federal judge ruled that President Donald Trump could not block critics on Twitter, stating:
“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.”
Cortez herself had been sued earlier this year on the same grounds by Republican Joey Saladino and Democrat Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind. Hikind had been blocked after criticizing AOC for comparing the migrant detention centers to Nazi concentration camps.
AOC settled her lawsuit, unblocked Hikind and Saladino on Twitter, and publicly apologized. In her apology, AOC said Hikind was protected by his “First Amendment right to express his views and that should not be blocked for them”.
Despite the Congresswoman’s claim to respect the First Amendment, she did not unblock the other conservatives.
Hikind released a video statement on his Twitter after the ruling. In it, he declared:
“Every public official needs to unblock the public from following them on Twitter. You want to be in an elected office? Don’t be afraid of what people have to say to you.”
Hikind continued, “We’re not talking about people who threaten public officials, that’s another story, people who cross the line. But just because you don’t like what someone is saying, or you don’t like the way they’re saying it, doesn’t give you the right to abridge their freedom of speech, to abridge their First Amendment rights.”
Congresswoman AOC has not commented on the remaining blocked conservatives on Twitter.