Ocasio-Cortez May Have Breached the Court Ruling Preventing Trump From Blocking Critics on Twitter

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On Friday, freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) blocked a reporter on Twitter, potentially breaching the court ruling preventing President Donald Trump from blocking critics on his personal Twitter account.

Ocasio-Cortez — the New York firebrand known for her social media clout — blocked the Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra on Twitter following a contentious exchange between the two over Ocasio-Cortez seemingly using an accent while addressing the predominantly African-American crowd attending Al Sharpton’s National Action Network.

Supporters of the self-described democratic socialist jumped forward to cover for Ocasio-Cortez, saying the congresswoman was “code-switching” while some of her critics accused her of racism.

Ocasio-Cortez responded on Twitter, as well, saying that people “talking about [her] voice can step right off” and claiming that she used the same accent in her Women’s March speech and a speech about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Saavedra looked into the speeches referenced by Ocasio-Cortez and claimed that the freshman congresswoman had not used the same manner of speaking in them. Shortly after he Saavedra tweeted his claim, Ocasio-Cortez allegedly blocked him.

The freshman firebrand’s blocking of Saavedra brings up an interesting legal question, however.

President Trump was forced to unblock several accounts on his personal Twitter account last year after U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald ruled that public officials’ Twitter accounts are a public forum, rendering it a violation of the First Amendment to prevent someone from participating, as IJR Blue previously reported.

So the question becomes: Did Ocasio-Cortez’s violate this ruling by blocking of Saavedra’s account?

This isn’t yet clear largely because President Trump hasn’t given up on his original case claiming that he uses his Twitter for personal, not political means.

President Trump has appealed this ruling to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, however; the New York Times reported that the panel of judges “seemed skeptical” of Trump’s personal claim for the ability to block critics.

The president is currently facing a lawsuit from seven individuals for blocking their Twitter accounts, claiming their First Amendment rights were being infringed upon. It is not yet clear if anyone blocked by Ocasio-Cortez will pursue it legally.

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Phyllis Softa
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Thank you, Houston, for the article. I did not realize Ryan Saavedra had a job or that Daily Wire’s opinion pieces/pod casts were considered “reporting.”

Screwtape
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Who pandered best?
Hillary with her “I ain’t in no way tired” while chugging hot sauce or Socialist Barbie with her weird and awkward “ain’t nothing wrong with that” and sing-song patter.

Morte206
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I am sure that the Amazingly Obtuse Child doesn’t see the irony. Hope Saavedra sues her.

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