Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is still blocking her critics on Twitter despite recently losing a lawsuit against a man who complained she had violated the First Amendment by preventing him from engaging with her.
The firebrand Democrat from New York, after publicly apologizing earlier this week for having blocked former Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind, unblocked him, but not others.
As of Saturday four conservatives were still being blocked from the congresswoman’s account.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (pictured) has been accused of still blocking critics on Twitter after she publicly apologized earlier this week for having blocked former Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind and settled a lawsuit filed against her that claimed she had violated free speech
Former Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind (pictured) a fellow Democrat and Jewish activist who said he was blocked after condemning AOC’s comparison of migrant detention centers to concentration camps
The right-wing news outlet Daily Caller also was prevented from looking in on posts made by Ocasio-Cortez, known more commonly as AOC, the New York Post reports.
While AOC was forgiving of Hikind, she apparently wasn’t willing to unblock Harry Cherry, a 20-year-old conservative and former journalist who uses the Twitter handle @TheHarryCherry; Niraj Antani, a right-wing Ohio state lawmaker who goes by @NirajAntani; Liz Wheeler, host of the right-wing One American Network who uses @Liz_Wheeler, and Ryan Saavedra, a conservative activist and reporter at the Daily Wire.
‘I reached out to … her former chief of staff Saikat [Chakrabarti] asking to be unblocked and I never heard back’, Cherry, a 20-year-old conservative Twitter user and former journalist told the Post.
‘The First Amendment of the United States requires it’, said Antani, in response to still being blocked by AOC.
An AOC spokesperson did not respond when DailyMail.com reached out on Sunday.
Controversial Republican congressional candidate Joseph Saladino and the YouTube prankster known as Joey SaladsHikind joined Hakind in suing AOC over the summer for blocking critics on Twitter, after President Donald Trump was told by the courts he couldn’t do the same.
Hikind, a fellow Democrat and Jewish activist who said he was blocked after condemning AOC’s comparison of migrant detention centers to concentration camps.
He and Saladino filed their suits in July in the wake of a court ruling which said Trump was not allowed to block his own critics.
Still blocked from AOC’s account on Saturday was Harry Cherry (pictured), a 20-year-old conservative and former journalist who uses the Twitter handle @TheHarryCherry
Still blocked from AOC’s account as of Saturday was Niraj Antani, a right-wing Ohio state lawmaker who goes by @NirajAntani
Also blocked from AOC’s account as of Saturday was Liz Wheeler, host of the right-wing One American Network (pictured)
Ryan Saavedra, a conservative activist and reporter at the Daily Wire (pictured) remained blocked from AOC’s account on Saturday, even though she settled a lawsuit claiming it was unconstitutional for her to block people on social media
The judge who decided that case said: ‘The First Amendment does not permit a public official who utilizes a social media account for all manner of official purposes to exclude persons from an otherwise open online dialogue because they expressed views with which the official disagrees.’
‘Trump is not allowed to block people, will the standards apply equally’? Saldino wrote in the filing he made against AOC.
He and Hikind charged that the same rules enforced on the president also apply to the congresswoman.
AOC had argued previously that about 20 people were blocked from her Twitter account, primarily for harassment. However, in a statement on Monday, and as part of a settlement with Hikind, AOC conceded that he has a ‘First Amendment right to express his views and that should not be blocked for them’.
Hikind responded favorably in a video he tweeted Monday.
Former Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind (pictured) a fellow Democrat and Jewish activist who said he was blocked after condemning AOC’s comparison of migrant detention centers to concentration camps, responded favorably when she apologized and agreed to unblock him
‘Every public official needs to unblock the public from following them on Twitter’, said the former politician. ‘You want to be in an elected office? Don’t be afraid of what people have to say to you’.
He added that ‘we’re not talking about people who threaten public officials, that’s another story, people who cross the line. But just because you don’t like what someone is saying, or you don’t like the way they’re saying it, doesn’t give you the right to abridge their freedom of speech, to abridge their first amendment rights’.
Hikind that same day specifically tweeted that AOC should unblock Wheeler, Saavedra and Harry Cherry.
‘I want to add that we’re still waiting for @AOC to do the right thing and unblock the others she’s blocked, especially JOURNALISTS: @LIz_Wheeler @RealSaavedra and @TheHarryCherry among others. There can be no double standard’! he wrote.
His comments, however, seemed to not get more action out of AOC, in terms of unblocking others.
Wheeler, 30, said she would ‘challenge’ AOC to show how she was harassed, reports the Post, describing her criticism as reserved for only policy issues.
‘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’, said Wheeler
The Daily Caller blocked after making a joke about ‘Communist cow farts’ and the Green New Deal in the comments section of an AOC tweet about climate change on May 28.
Former Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind in a tweet on Monday (pictured) demanded AOC unblock others the way she had for him after settling a lawsuit alleging she violated free speech