Crybabies Actually Sue Trump For Blocking Them On Twitter

Crybabies Actually Sue Trump For Blocking Them On Twitter

President Donald Trump and high ranking members of the White House staff were sued on Tuesday by the Knight First Amendment Institute, which alleges the president's blocking of dissenting Twitter users violates the Constitution.

Pursuing the same complaints, the lawsuit argues that Trump's Twitter account constitutes a public forum and blocking those users is violation of their First Amendment rights, making it unconstitutional.

Federal agencies and courts treat Trump's tweets as official statements, and The National Archives and Records Administration has advised the White House that the tweets must be preserved under the Presidential Records Act, the lawsuit said.

After Trump's administration failed to respond to the notice, the group filed a lawsuit on behalf of seven Twitter users in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY.

The institute, a non-profit organisation affiliated with Columbia University, first warned it might seek an injunction in early June when it sent a letter to Mr Trump, his counsel, press secretary, and social media director.

"Well, the president is the president of the United States, so they're considered official statements of the president of the United States", Spicer said.

Justice Anthony Kennedy said: "While in the past there may have been difficulty in identifying the most important places (in a spatial sense) for the exchange of views, today the answer is clear".

The president Trump is known for his active use of Twitter. Among the group filing suit are several Twitter users from across the country who have been blocked by Trump, Spicer, or Scavino.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the lawsuit. While it may be tempting to conflate Twitter with a public forum such as a town hall or a public street due to its ease for public access, it is a private company and as such has the freedom to create its own rules.

The complaint alleges that by blocking Twitter users based on their viewpoints, the president is keeping them out of online dialogue on current events, in violation of their free-speech rights in the USA constitution's First Amendment. Cohen is one of seven individuals who are suing the President for blocking them on Twitter.

If the president's feed is defined as a "public forum", citizens can not be excluded from viewing his statements and engaging in discussions simply because they disagree.

Trump and White House officials have repeatedly suggested posts on Trump's personal Twitter account are official presidential statements. North Carolina, 15-1194, has helped solidify the extension of First Amendment rights into the digital environment, Fallow said.