On Monday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) was scheduled to appear in court and testify in a case brought by a former New York lawmaker she had blocked on Twitter.
CNN, Vox and HuffPost did not report on Ocasio-Cortez apologizing for blocking an individual on Twitter, and then unblocking former New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind.
“I have reconsidered my decision to block Dov Hikind from my Twitter account. Mr. Hikind has a First Amendment right to express his views and should not be blocked for them.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s congressional office did not respond to a request for comment from Accuracy in Media.
The freshman congresswoman continued, “In retrospect, it was wrong and improper and does not reflect the values I cherish. I sincerely apologize for blocking Mr. Hikind.”
This comes right after the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that President Donald Trump violated the Constitution by blocking Twitter users whose posts he did not like.
On Monday, Hikind also announced he and Ocasio-Cortez had reached a settlement and was satisfied with her apology.
In a press release, “Every public official needs to unblock the public from following them on Twitter,” said Hikind. “You want to be in elected office? Don’t be afraid of what people have to say to you.”
“We’re very happy with this development,” said Jacob Weinstein the attorney for Hikind. “The First Amendment cannot be trampled on.”
Marissa Martinez is the founder of Strategic Rush, contributor for Accuracy in Media, The Hill, and Republican Strategist for PACs and congressional candidates. @MarissaAlisa