A former state assemblyman from New York has filed suit against freshman firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) alleging she violated a federal appeals court ruling when she blocked him on Twitter.
On Tuesday, former New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-N.Y.) announced he was filing a lawsuit against Ocasio-Cortez for blocking him on Twitter. Hikind claims the self-described democratic socialist went against the ruling by Manhattan U.S. District Court Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald last year.
As IJR Blue previously reported, Buchwald ruled it unconstitutional for public officials to block individuals from their Twitter accounts based on her belief that said accounts were public forums and that blocking someone from participating with the accounts violates their First Amendment rights.
“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has blocked me on Twitter yesterday apparently because my critique of her tweets and policies have been too stinging,” said Hikind in a statement.
“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,” the former state assemblyman added. “Twitter is a public space, and all should have access to the government officials on it.”
He also addressed the alleged blocking on Twitter.
— Dov Hikind (@HikindDov) July 9, 2019
Additionally, YouTube star-turned-New York congressional candidate Joseph Saladino (R-N.Y.) also filed suit against Ocasio-Cortez for blocking him on Twitter.
I have officially filed my lawsuit against AOC for blocking me on twitter.
Trump is not allowed to block people, will the standards apply equally?
Stay tuned to find out! pic.twitter.com/0RmHI7x9Qc
— Saladino for Congress (@JoeySalads) July 9, 2019
Hikind and Saladino are not the first people to be blocked by the queen of the Green New Deal.
As IJR Red noted, Ocasio-Cortez blocked the Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra in April after an online spat between the two regarding how the freshman Democrat spoke when addressing the crowd at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network.
Saavedra had called Ocasio-Cortez out after she had seemingly used an accent when addressing the predominantly African-American crowd at the event. Some supporters of the New York congresswoman claimed that she was “code-switching” while some detractors accused her of racism.
Ocasio-Cortez speaks in an accent that she never uses while telling a room of predominately black people that there is nothing wrong with them folding clothes, cooking, and driving other people around on a bus for a living. pic.twitter.com/FIbIAPokt0
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 5, 2019
The two continued the back-and-forth online until Ocasio-Cortez allegedly blocked him.