Two Republicans sue Ocasio-Cortez over Twitter blocks

One former Democratic state lawmaker and one Republican congressional hopeful announced this week that they are suing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezTwo Republicans sue Ocasio-Cortez over Twitter blocks Overnight Defense: Drama over 3B House defense bill | Democratic tensions threaten to snag legislation | White House threatens veto | US, Taliban talks end with 'roadmap for peace' Dem tensions snag defense bill MORE (D-N.Y.) over being blocked from her personal Twitter account.

Former state assemblyman Dov Hikind (D) and congressional candidate Joseph Saladino, who is running in a Republican primary for the chance to battle Rep. Max RoseMax RoseThe Hill's Morning Report — Harris brings her A game to Miami debate Progressives, centrists in open warfare after House caves on Trump border bill GOP scores procedural win by securing more funding to enforce Iran sanctions MORE (D-N.Y.), announced lawsuits this week against the freshman Democratic congresswoman, seeking injunctive relief in the form of a court order demanding they be unblocked.

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Saladino announced in a press release that he had filed suit in the Southern District of New York, while Hikind told Fox News that he had filed his claim in the state's Eastern District.

"I have officially filed my lawsuit against AOC for blocking me on twitter," Saladino tweeted. "Trump is not allowed to block people, will the standards apply equally? Stay tuned to find out!"

“If we can’t talk to one another, the whole system breaks down," Saladino added in his press release. “Look what is happening in my district when entrenched NeverTrumpers are confronted by America First ideas. Like it or not we live in the same city and we need to be professional.”

In an interview with Fox News, Hikind pointed to a recent court ruling declaring that President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham open to investigating Acosta-Epstein plea deal Sustaining progress with Mexico on migration Government to issue licenses for business with Huawei MORE is not allowed to block critics from his official Twitter account because of his status as a public official as legal precedent for his claim.

"Just today the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a ruling that elected officials cannot block individuals from their Twitter accounts, thereby setting a precedent that Ocasio-Cortez must follow," Hikind told the network. "Twitter is a public space, and all should have access to the government officials on it."

Ocasio-Cortez's office did not immediately return a request from The Hill for a comment on the pending lawsuits.

Original author: Bowden

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