Ya live by the tweet, and ya die by the tweet.
Courtesy of Buzzfeed:
A federal judge on Wednesday ruled it is unconstitutional for President Donald Trump to block critics on his personal Twitter account, deeming tweets from @realDonaldTrump to be a “public forum” under partial governmental control and therefore people cannot be excluded based on their political beliefs.
“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,” wrote US District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald of the Southern District of New York. “The answer to both questions is no.”
The case against Trump, former communications director Hope Hicks, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and social media director Dan Scavino was brought in July by the Columbia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute as well as by several Twitter users who criticized the president and were subsequently blocked. (Sanders, who does not have access to Trump’s account, was dismissed as a defendant, as was Hicks, following her resignation earlier this year.)
Jameel Jaffer, executive director of the Knight Institute, said they were pleased with the decision. “The president’s practice of blocking critics on Twitter is pernicious and unconstitutional, and we hope this ruling will bring it to an end,” Jaffer said. The White House and Department of Justice didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.
All over the country, anti-Trump tweeters are rubbing their hands together with anticipation of finally being unblocked.
I imagine they have a lot of pent-up criticisms to share.
I find it more than a little ironic that the man who constantly belittles, insults, and mocks his political opponents and critics is such a thin-skinned little snowflake when those same tactics are directed at him.