Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is being sued by two people she blocked on the social media platform Twitter, just days after federal court said US President Trump could not block his critics from replying to his tweets.
Ocasio Cortez was sued by Dov Hikind, Democratic former New York state assemblyman and Joey “Salads” Saladino, Youtube personality and Republican candidate for New York District 11. Hikind’s lawsuit then filed a summons.
It was ruled early in July that Trump cannot block users on social media as it would violate their constitutional rights of free speech.
According to Hikind’s lawsuit, “Mr. Hikind, who is critical of Defendant on a regular basis, was blocked on July 8, 2019, by AOC from the @AOC account.”
The day after Hikind was blocked, he sued in the US District Court in the Eastern District of New York. He asked to order Ocasio-Cortez to unblock him and others who were also bloacked “on the basis of viewpoint.”
Hikind tweeted the day the lawsuit was filed, “No one is above the law. If the courts ruled POTUS can’t block people on Twitter, why would @AOC think she can get away with silencing her critics?”
Chris Bragg, the Albany Times Union reported, called the lawsuit as “rather ironic.” He recalls that Hikind blocked him when he was still a public official. In his tweet, he wrote “This Dov Hikind lawsuit against @AOC is rather ironic, given that since around 2014 when he was still a public official, Dov Hikind has blocked me on Twitter. It was after a story I wrote that started a Moreland Commission investigation into him.”
Saladino’s case is not yet available on PACER, the US court database. However, he tweeted that Ocasio-Cortez “blocked me from viewing and engaging with her official Twitter profile after I responded to one of her political posts.”