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Looks Like AOC Just Broke a Law the Dems Accused Trump of Breaking, but Don't Seem Bothered if She Does It

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Last year, after seven anti-Trump users sued over the fact they’d been blocked by the president on his official Twitter account, a judge in New York ruled that Trump didn’t have the power to block others on social media as his account had become a “designated public forum.”

“If the principle undergirding Wednesday’s ruling in Federal District Court stands, it is likely to have implications far beyond Mr. Trump’s feed and its 52 million followers, said Jameel Jaffer, the Knight First Amendment Institute’s executive director and the counsel for the plaintiffs,” The New York Times reported last May.

“Public officials throughout the country, from local politicians to governors and members of Congress, regularly use social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook to interact with the public about government business.”

The ruling is under appeal, according to TheBlaze. However, for right now, U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald’s decision remains in place.

But apparently, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t particularly care about it.

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Ocasio-Cortez, you might have heard, stirred up a bit of controversy last week after her speech before Al Sharpton’s National Action Network. The clip, which The Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra originally posted, shows her taking on what appears to be a southern accent before a predominately African-American audience.

This led to a strong bit of self-victimization by Ocasio-Cortez, who claimed it was her code-switching into her Bronx accent and saying she had done the same thing during her speeches at the Women’s March and on Brett Kavanaugh:

So, Saavedra posted those speeches, too:

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There was nothing like what was on display during the Friday speech. What happened?

Yes, she blocked him.

Now, let me again note that the ruling against Trump is under appeal, though judges hearing the case as of now don’t appear too sympathetic to his arguments.

Do you think Ocasio-Cortez should be sued over this blocking on Twitter?

The New York Times reported last week that “(t)he judges seemed skeptical of Mr. Trump’s contention that he was acting in a personal, not official, capacity when he blocked people.

“(Second) Circuit Judge Barrington D. Parker asked Mr. Trump’s counsel, a Justice Department lawyer, why blocking ‘points of view the president doesn’t like’ isn’t ‘just a quintessential First Amendment violation.’”

But here’s the thing — if it’s “a quintessential First Amendment violation” for the president to block somebody, it’s also almost certainly a violation for other elected officials using their accounts as an extension of their office. So, whither Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?

Some Twitter users noted the incongruity:

Will this end up being called out? Highly unlikely. Yet again, the pieces noting the fact that she blocked Saavedra are all from conservative news outlets thus far. Not a single Democrat has come out to express outrage.

We’ll see if any lawsuit gets filed, but even then, will it attract attention? Probably not — not, anyway, in the same way that Trump’s Twitter account does.

To be fair, he is the president. However, last I checked, Ocasio-Cortez believed that she was “the boss.”

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
Birthplace
Morristown, New Jersey
Education
Catholic University of America
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