A second lawsuit has been filed against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez by a former Democrat Assemblyman that she blocked on Twitter, one day after the first one was filed by GOP congressional candidate Joey Saladino.
Wednesday’s lawsuit was filed by Former New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who was blocked by Ocasio-Cortez for criticizing her over her comparing border detention facilities to “concentration camps.”
One America News Network host Liz Wheeler and Ryan Saavedra of the Daily Wire are both also signed on to the lawsuit.
On Tuesday, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling that President Donald Trump cannot block people on Twitter, as it violates their First Amendment rights.
“We do conclude,” the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision regarding Trump’s account began, “that the First Amendment does not permit a public official who utilizes a social media account for all manner of official purposes to exclude persons from an otherwise‐open online dialogue because they expressed views with which the official disagrees.”
Almost immediately following the ruling, Saladino, better known as “Joey Salads,” filed a lawsuit against Ocasio-Cortez for the same thing in the Southern District of New York.
Ocasio-Cortez blocked Saladino in May, shortly after he announced his candidacy, according to a press release from his campaign.
“I’m suing AOC because we need to be able to have a strong and vigorous debate between the parties, otherwise our fragile system of ideas and representation breaks down,” Saladino said. “Though she is not in a position of power, she is the voice of her generation of Democrat voters, and bigger than some of the Presidential candidates.”
On Wednesday, Hikind filed a similar lawsuit which stated that “Hikind has criticized” AOC on Twitter multiple times, including “in response to AOC’s claims that the United States Government is running ‘concentration camps’ on the boarder[sic], similar to those in the Holocaust.”
Hikind tweeted, “No one is above the law. If the courts ruled POTUS can’t block people on Twitter, why would @AOC think she can get away with silencing her critics?” The tweet included a video urging other people who have been blocked by the freshman congresswoman to get in touch with him.
Hikind said that the decision about Trump’s Twitter account affirmed a ruling that “elected officials cannot block individuals from their Twitter accounts, thereby setting a precedent that Ocasio-Cortez must follow.”