Democrats violate First Amendment, still block conservatives on Twitter

As we and others reported on Wednesday, a federal judge nominated by Bill Clinton ruled that the First Amendment does not give President Trump the right to block violent leftist trolls on Twitter.  According to the judge, Twitter is a public forum and Trump is a government official.  As it turns out, there’s a number of elected Democrats who are also violating the First Amendment under this new ruling, which could have some far-reaching consequences.

Mike Cernovich, for example, said that Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., has blocked him on the site.

“Rep. Keith Ellison has blocked me. According to a federal court opinion today, this is unconstitutional. I’ll give his office 48 hours to unblock me, in order to comply with the law, before taking further action,” he said.


Is America headed for a recession?

So has Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn, he said in another tweet.


Another person said she was blocked by Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla.


One person suggested a class action lawsuit:


One person told Cernovich:

Media analyst Mark Dice went even further: “A judge has ruled Trump can’t block trolls on Twitter because it violates their First Amendment right. So when’s the lawsuit against for violating conservatives’ first amendment when twitter deleted our tweets, shadow bans them, or suspends our accounts?”


Good question.

One person asked:


James O’Keefe also wondered: “If POTUS can’t block users on Twitter per First Amendment violation, can Twitter not shadowban tweets for political content on same basis? We exposed video of Twitter engineers explaining how they specifically target supporters’ tweets, and classify them as bots.”


CNBC reported:

“This case requires us to consider whether a public official may, consistent with the First Amendment, ‘block’ a person from his Twitter account in response to the political views that person has expressed, and whether the analysis differs because that public official is the President of the United States,” Buchwald said said in her opinion.

“The answer to both questions is no.”

The Justice Department disagrees and has 60 days to appeal the ruling.

No matter how this turns out, the ruling has certainly opened up a very full can of worms.


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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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