Right Or Ridiculous? Judge Rules Trump Can’t Block Twitter Followers

Published on May 24, 2018

The First Amendment… is this what it was for, really?

Does the First Amendment protect the right to speak, or does it obligate someone to listen to you?

Because those are two very different things.

If someone walks up to you, they’re free to say whatever they like, so long as they’re not uttering threats. But that doesn’t mean you forfeit the right to turn your back and walk away.

How do you turn your back and walk away when someone on Twitter is getting obnoxious or trying to get famous by hijacking your platform? Simple — you block them.

In this age of ‘Resistance’, there is no shortage of obnoxious and people willing to harass and detract the President.

The Federal Judge has ruled on the lawsuit by those who took Trump to court for blocking them from his Twitter account.

The lawsuit, brought by Columbia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute, argued that Twitter users blocked by @realdonaldtrump had their First Amendment rights violated. In a decision released today, a federal judge hearing the case ruled that Twitter’s “interactive space,” where users can interact with Trump’s tweets, qualifies as a public forum, and that blocking users unconstitutionally restricts their speech. The decision rejected arguments from the president’s team that President Trump’s own First Amendment rights would be violated if he could not block users.

“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,” the decision begins. “The answer to both questions is no.”

The court, while not going so far as to enter an order against the president and social media director Dan Scavino specifically, ruled more generally that public officials violated users’ rights when blocking them on the platform. The decision says such action is “viewpoint discrimination,” and that “no government official — including the President — is above the law, and all government officials are presumed to follow the law as has been declared.”

“We respectfully disagree with the court’s decision and are considering our next steps,” a spokesperson for the Justice Department said in a statement.
Source: The Verge

It’s funny that this went forward. After all, it’s well-documented that the Left is far more likely to ‘unfriend’ and to ‘block’ people for merely disagreeing with them.

So, will the thought leaders on the Left start the long task of ‘unblocking’ everyone they had added to their swelling blocked lists?

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