Accuracy in Media

President Trump is being threatened with legal action if he doesn’t unblock the Twitter accounts of trolls (critics) who have lost access to his account after they were blocked.

The Knight First Amendment Institute sent a letter to the President asking him to unblock the accounts of his critics or “face legal action to protect the First Amendment rights of the blocked individual.” The letter went on to say:

“The President’s Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump, is a ‘designated public forum’ subject to the First Amendment, according to the Knight Institute. The First Amendment bars the government from excluding individuals from a designated public forum because of their views. The Knight Institute asked the President to unblock its clients, or to direct his subordinates to do so.

‘This is a context in which the Constitution precludes the President from making up his own rules,’ said Jameel Jaffer, the Knight Institute’s executive director. ‘Though the architects of the Constitution surely didn’t contemplate presidential Twitter accounts, they understood that the President must not be allowed to banish views from public discourse simply because he finds them objectionable. Having opened this forum to all comers, the President can’t exclude people from it merely because he dislikes what they’re saying.’”

Maybe the Knight Institute forgot that politicians and celebrities block Twitter accounts all the time, and that being blocked doesn’t infringe on users’ First Amendment rights as they can easily use their own accounts or even the official presidential Twitter account @POTUS to comment on Trump’s policies and performance. Plus, the Institute is focusing on the unblocking of two particular accounts—one of which belongs to a March for Truth organizer.

The President has the right—just like any other individual—to communicate or not communicate with anyone he wants to. If he chooses to block Twitter trolls he is free to do so, especially if he does it from his personal account, which the government neither set up nor controls.

What the Knight Institute is really upset about—as are their fellow liberals—is that Trump has managed to use Twitter to bypass the anti-Trump narrative of the liberal media, and that is driving them crazy.





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Comments

  • cooldiscodon

    Bull. The first amendment guarantees a soapbox, not an audience.

  • bowecho

    The first amendment does not protect stalking, harassment, or abuse. Trump did not cancel these twits Twitter accounts.

  • hd625b

    Maybe the Knight Institute should read the first amendment. Just a suggestion.

  • Lisa Elliott

    Exactly. It also doesn’t protect slander, libel, or hate speech. These people are “resisting” the government w/no thought as to what they’re for or against. Wasting time & energy to slow Trump down, as per Hillary & Obama’s orders; & distracting while liberals & Islam are pushing through bad things. Good for Trump. So much of what liberals & Islam do is illegal: It’s about time conservatives realized that being morally superior isn’t going to help; & that they need to enforce the laws to stop these people.

  • The 1st Amendment guarantees us all the right to speak our minds, but it does not give us the “right” to be heard by anyone other than the voices in the brain damaged Liberals’ heads.

  • Mark Wynn

    Thought a twitter account owner could block anyone, no reason needed.

  • Robert Williams

    Robert Williams to this site Nothing in the Constitution Says that the President Has to put up with the insults or the threats from harassment from Crooked sorry excuses clamming to be a lawyer they have no business getting on the Internet threatening Law suite they Better Read Article 11 The Judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by Citizens of another State, or by Citizens or Subjects of any Foreign State . and your Lowers are not Citizens of the Presidents state nor is your Law firm a part of the state therefor you and your state is foreign to the Citizen Donald J Trump also the State you are a Citizen of is a Foreign State to the State that Donald Trump lives in and All States are Sovern States and so are there Laws Sovern to all Foreign to there Laws the Word Sovern in Case you Don’t Understand Means Superior or above Laws of any other State or Foreign or any Other World Laws Such as we the People the Governed Did not Give Other Nations Subjects or Countries the Power to Rule Or States the U S Constitution Is the Supreme Law of the Land and the United Nations Has no right to tell any State in this U S A what the Call Law Is Not Law at all it is a Imposter of Law in other wards it is notwithstanding it is not Law at all and is Contrary to what the Law of the Land Tells us that the Law is and it is not the Law it only appears to be law now Next you People Need to Go to the article 6 of the U S Constitution. And learn the Real Law Da ?

  • mattzcat

    In the real world, these trolls are known as hecklers and they are often unceremoniously escorted out. Blocking, in the virtual world is much gentler, less expensive, and less time consuming.

  • Daniel M. Bresnahan

    Crush the Left!

  • Daniel M. Bresnahan

    The President must crush dissent!