Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) faces two federal proceedings to block users of Twitter who have been critical of her strategies. Republican Congressional candidate Joseph Saladino and former New York assemblyman Dov Hikind sued the new Congresswoman on Tuesday, soon after an appeal court in New York upheld an previous ruling that President Trump had breached the First Amendments.
“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?” Saladino wrote on Twitter after filing his claim Tuesday in the Southern District of New York.
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, who also filed Tuesday, said in a statement to Fox News,
“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has blocked me on Twitter yesterday apparently because my critique of her tweets and policies have been too stinging.”
— Dov Hikind (@HikindDov) July 9, 2019
Citing the United States Court of Appeals for the judgment of the second circuit as “a precedent that Ocasio-Cortez must follow,” he said, “Elected officials cannot block individuals from their Twitter accounts.”
Ocasio-Cortez declined to comment on pending litigation.
The First Amendment restricts public intervention and prevents it from discriminating against points of view. Public officials can not exclude members of the public, the tribunal said Tuesday.
“from an otherwise open online dialogue because they expressed views with which the official disagrees.”