[MUST READ] Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Being Sued!
A lawsuit was filed on Tuesday against self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez by former Democratic New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind after the congresswoman blocked users on Twitter because of their political views. The announcement of the suit came after a federal appeals court ruled earlier in the day that President Trump was barred from doing the same thing.
According to Fox News,
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 said in a statement announcing the suit,
"Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has blocked me on Twitter yesterday apparently because my critique of her tweets and policies have been too stinging."
"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. Twitter is a public space, and all should have access to the government officials on it."
"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!"
— Dov Hikind (@HikindDov) July 9, 2019
Others did respond. Liz Wheeler of One America News Network was another conservative who was blocked by Ocasio-Cortez.
@AOC blocked me! I am ALWAYS respectful & civil. I present facts only, nothing personal. Somebody is threatened by facts & the truth!"
Omg hahahah @AOC blocked me!
I am ALWAYS respectful & civil. I present facts only, nothing personal. Somebody is threatened by facts & the truth! pic.twitter.com/IvZPMXKX0i
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) July 5, 2019
Ryan Saavedra was also blocked,
"HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA She finally blocked me and it was after I called out her latest set of lies"
She finally blocked me and it was after I called out her latest set of lies pic.twitter.com/9mjrBBjDVv
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 5, 2019