Did you know that President Trump and congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have a lot in common?
Not only are they both from New York, but both of them are some of the most influential social media stars on the planet.
As it turns out, they have one other thing in common, and that common thread means Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez could face a potential lawsuit that ruins her life.
It all started where most other things happen; Twitter.
Ocasio-Cortez is a rabid user of social media and frequently uses Twitter to talk about personal things as well as discuss policy.
And that’s what she has in common with Trump. Their use of Twitter to discuss policy changes how they can handle their profiles. While the average Twitter user can talk about whatever they want on Twitter and remove any comments they don’t like, politicians, shouldn’t.
President Trump used to do it all the time. Whether he was doing it to troll others, or out of spite, Trump would frequently block people or remove comments from his Twitter and Facebook pages he didn’t like.
People took issue with this and said any time Trump did that it was a violation of First Amendment freedoms. And so, Trump was sued in hopes he’d end the practice.
The lawsuit went against Trump, and as Adi Peterson, writing for The Verge noted, this could change how other politicians use Twitter.
“Earlier this week, a federal appeals court ruled that President Donald Trump couldn’t block his critics on Twitter. More specifically, the court determined that Trump’s Twitter account is a “public forum” where citizens have a right to engage with his comments, the same way they’d be able to attend a town hall. This ruling could shape how all government officials use social media — from the U.S. president to local garbage collectors.”
Less than two months since the judgment, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez finds herself in a similar situation.
A potential lawsuit may be levied against her as she’s blocked quite a few critics herself.
A former New York state legislator named Dov Hikind has opened a lawsuit accusing her of violating his First Amendment rights.
Hikind believes he has a strong leg to stand on, and the firm he chose to represent him does too. After all, they’re the ones who got the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit to render the decision against Trump.
In their lawsuit, they allege AOC has been violating Hikind’s First Amendment rights.
Jameel Jaffer, the director of Columbia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute, said this directly to AOC. “We understand from news reports that you may be blocking some Twitter users from your @AOC account because of the views they have expressed. This practice is unconstitutional, and we are writing in the hope of dissuading you from engaging in it.”
The potential for this lawsuit to blow wide open could ruin Ocasio-Cortez’s life.
If she’s not allowed to block her opposition, they might be able to present her with enough facts that she ends up changing her mind on controversial issues.
Yes, it’s unlikely, but stranger things could happen; and at the end of the day, if it is a violation of the Constitution for her to block people, one would hope the courts would make sure she can’t get away with that crime any longer.