Trump legally can’t block critics from his Twitter account because it is a direct violation of the First Amendment, according to a Judge’s ruling – and Trump is defying.
The United States’ President Donald Trump sees Twitter as a great tool to communicate with his followers without any filter, he uses ‘@RealDonaldTrump’ to promote his own agenda, the announcement of his policy – oh and most important of all – attacking his critics. But some critics get on his nerves so bad that he ends up blocking them from his account e.g. Rosie O’Donnell, Chrissy Teigen, and many others.
According to Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald, as a government official @RealDonaldTrump is a public forum and barring people from sharing their political views is a violation of the First Amendment of Constitution.
This ruling came as a result of the suit which was instituted by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and a number of other Twitter users against President Trump in July.
Philip Cohen, a sociology professor at the University of Maryland, was also a subject of Trump’s unconstitutional blocking after he posted a picture of Trump with the words ‘Corrupt Incompetent Authoritarian.’
He appreciated the decision by saying: ‘This increases my faith in the system a little.’
Comedian Rosie O’Donnell, model Chrissy Teigen, Novelists Stephen King and Anne Rice, actress Marina Sirtis and several military veterans political action committee VoteVets.org are amongst the other people who have claimed on Twitter that President Trump blocked them.
Justice Department lawyers took the defense that it is Trump’s own First Amendment Right that he is allowed to block people he does not want to interact with on Twitter or anywhere else, the argument that was rejected by the Judge.
She told: ‘While we must recognize, and are sensitive to, the president’s personal First Amendment rights, he cannot exercise those rights in a way that infringes the corresponding First Amendment rights of those who have criticised him.’
She also told that there is an option of ‘mute’ which can allow Trump to avoid seeing the people he doesn’t want to interact with without violating their First Amendment Rights given by the Constitution.
However, the judge did not issue an order to the President because the court had no such authority but ‘nonetheless conclude that it is unnecessary to enter that legal thicket at this time.’
‘Because no government official is above and beyond the law and because all officials are presumed to follow the law to its core once the judiciary has defined what the law is, we must assume that the President and Scavino will remedy the blocking we have held to be unconstitutional,’ she added.
The DOJ and Twitter have not released a comment yet.