U.S. District Judge Frederic Block ordered Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) to provide testimony in an ongoing lawsuit alleging she violated the First Amendment by blocking critics on Twitter.
On Thursday, a senior aide to the New York congresswoman said Ocasio-Cortez “blocks people on Twitter if their input isn’t ‘constructive.’”
The plaintiff in the ongoing lawsuit is Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind.
Hikind is a well-known Jewish community leader who publicly criticized Ocasio-Cortez for “comparing migrant detention facilities at the border with concentration camps.”
Hikind has stated he strongly believes she blocked him because he disagreed with her via Twitter. He is among more than 20 individuals Ocasio-Cortez has muted online.
Hikind’s complaint states, “AOC’s actions violate the First Amendment rights of Mr. Hikind, others like Mr. Hikind, and those who follow the @AOC account and are now deprived of their right to read the speech of the dissenters who have been blocked.”
Two attorneys who represent Ocasio-Cortez said Ocasio-Cortez’s “AOC” Twitter account is a personal handle, while her “@RepAOC” is an official platform and open to all.
Organizations like Buzzfeed and Refinery29 highlighted that of the 5.3 million Twitter follows Ocasio-Cortez has only about 20 have been blocked for what the freshman congresswoman calls “ongoing harassment.”
Refinery29 went on to state that those blocked by Ocasio-Cortez were not her constituents.
The First Amendment is clear, regardless of location scholars at Columbia University continue to accuse Ocasio-Cortez of violating others’ right to free speech by blocking them on Twitter.
Marissa Martinez is the founder of Strategic Rush, contributor for Accuracy in Media, The Hill, and Republican Strategist for PACs and congressional candidates. Follow her stories, @MarissaAlisa