Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hasn’t stopped blocking critics on Twitter despite settling a lawsuit charging she violated the First Amendment ,
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is continuing to block several critics on her personal Twitter account, despite settling a lawsuit and apologizing to one critic she blocked last week. The blocked accounts include high-profile conservative activists and right-wing groups.
Legal precedent and First Amendment scholars say it’s unconstitutional for government officials to block users online over their point of view. But the New York congresswoman is continuing to block several critics from her personal Twitter account, @AOC ,
Which she uses to communicate with the public about everything from policymaking to campaigning. Among the blocked accounts are that of Niraj Antani, a right-wing Ohio state lawmaker, Harry Cherry, a young conservative activist ,
Liz Wheeler, a host at the right-wing One American Network, Ryan Saavedra, a conservative activist at the Daily Wire, the group Students for Trump, and the right-wing website The Daily Caller,
Ocasio-Cortez has defended blocking critics by arguing that they had harassed her, they weren’t her constituents, and that @AOC is technically a personal, rather than official, account. While many of these users have gotten into disagreements with Ocasio-Cortez,
it’s unclear whether their conduct rises to the level of harassment or threats, which likely wouldn’t be fall under protected speech. “I would challenge her to show me the harassment,” Wheeler told the Post.
“I actually defend this woman on a regular basis when people make fun of her looks, or the way she gestures, or when she was a bartender.” Students for Trump and Saavedra independently confirmed to Insider that Ocasio-Cortez hasn’t unblocked them.