Another day, another allegation that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez broke the law.
On Friday, Ocasio-Cortez blocked The Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra on Twitter after he criticized her for using a fake accent during a speech.
Blocking someone on social media does not seem like a big deal, but Democrats may have set a dangerous precedent that has come back to bite them.
Last year, several liberals sued President Donald Trump in court after he blocked them on Twitter.
When the case went to court, U.S. District Court Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald ruled that the president’s personal Twitter account serves as a “public forum” where people get political information.
Now, this ruling applies to all elected lawmakers, meaning Ocasio-Cortez likely violated the law when she blocked Saavedra on Twitter.
“We hold that portions of the @realDonaldTrump account — the “interactive space” where Twitter users may directly engage with the content of the President’s tweets — are properly analyzed under the ‘public forum’ doctrines set forth by the Supreme Court, that such space is a designated public forum, and that the blocking of the plaintiffs based on their political speech constitutes viewpoint discrimination that violates the First Amendment,” the decision reads.
“For purposes of the First Amendment, a public forum is an open space reserved for free exchange or expression of opinion. Government interference in such spaces is subject to a high degree of judicial scrutiny,” it adds.
Below is a screenshot from Saavedra, which shows that Ocasio-Cortez blocked him on Twitter:
Ocasio-Cortez blocked Saavedra on Twitter after he criticized her for using a fake southern drawl while speaking before Al Sharpton’s National Action Network.
“This is what organizing looks like. What is what building power looks like,” Ocasio-Cortez said, using her newfound southern drawl.
“This is what changing the country looks like. I’m proud to be a bartender,” she said.
“Ain’t nothin’ wrong with that. There’s nothing wrong with working retail, folding clothes for other people to buy. There’s nothing wroooong with preparing the foooood that your neighbors will eat,” Ocasio-Cortez continued, still using her fake accent.
Ocasio-Cortez came under heavy fire last week from both sides of the political aisle over her fake accent and pandering to the audience.
But more importantly, she could be in serious trouble over her actions on social media.
Democrats set a dangerous precedent by going after Trump’s social media account and Saavedra could sue Ocasio-Cortez for blocking him.