A Judge Ruled Trump Can't Block People On Twitter Anymore
A Court Ruled Donald Trump Can't Block Twitter Users and Chrissy Teigen Is Pretttty Happy About It
A federal court ruled today that for President Donald Trump to block people from seeing his tweets. Trump had been blocking people who criticized him from viewing tweets on his @realDonaldTrump account—people including Chrissy Teigen, who gloated about being blocked by the President "after 9 years of hating Donald J Trump," last July.
Teigen heard the news and posted a funny "well well well we meet again @realDonaldTrump" tweet in response today:
In the court ruling, U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald of the Southern District of New York wrote, "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 answer to both questions is no."
The speech of those who criticize Trump is protected as a political speech under the First Amendment, Buchwald added. "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. In so holding, we reject the defendants’ contentions that the First Amendment does not apply in this case and that the President’s personal First Amendment interests supersede those of the plaintiff."
The defendants on the case were Donald J. Trump, Hope Hicks, Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Daniel Scavino. As reported, the court did not issue an injunction forcing the President to unblock users—just a ruling that the blocking violates the Constitution under the presumption Trump will adhere to the law.
"While we reject defendants’ categorical assertion that injunctive relief cannot ever be awarded against the President, we nonetheless conclude that it is unnecessary to enter that legal thicket at this time," Buchwald wrote.
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