Liberals are desperate to use any avenue possible to attack President Trump, and if you don’t believe it, just look at the legal action a couple of Twitter users are planning in conjunction with the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. The users – Holly O’Reilly and Joe Papp – claim they were blocked by Trump on the social media website after they posted memes and criticism at the president. Now their lawyers are demanding that Trump unblock them or face a freedom-of-speech lawsuit.
“The viewpoint-based blocking of our clients is unconstitutional,” lawyers for the plaintiffs wrote in a letter to the White House on Tuesday.
According to Knight Institute’s executive director Jameel Jaffer, Trump’s tweets can be likened to statements made at a public gathering.
“The crucial question is whether a government official has opened up some space, whether public or private, for expressive activity, and there’s no question that Trump has done that here,” Jaffer said. “The consequence of that is that he can’t exclude people based solely on his disagreement with them.”
If this were to have any chance of success whatsoever, the plaintiffs would have to prove that they are unable to read missives from the President of the United States as a result of the block. But of course, that’s ridiculous. You can easily make another Twitter account in five seconds or simply read Trump’s feed while signed out. And even if there was no way possible for you to read his account directly, there are several re-tweet accounts that chronicle everything Trump puts out there. Furthermore, every single Trump tweet winds up in a news story somewhere, so the idea that these trolls are somehow being excluded from democracy as a result of their memes is absurd.
But all of that is said on the pretense that these users actually think their constitutional rights are being violated, and that’s not an assumption we’re willing to concede. These fools are addicted to the cheap thrill of being able to post their little “funny” remarks at the president and now the fun is over. Well, tough. Trump isn’t obligated to do anything other than abide by the rules of Twitter, which is a private company that has no obligation to uphold the principles of the First Amendment – as proven by the many, MANY conservatives they’ve banned for making what they consider to be offensive comments. When Twitter lets those people back on the site, they can compel Trump to unblock Papp and O’Reilly.