President Donald Trump is no stranger to lawsuits. In the last 30 years, he’s been sued a staggering 4000 times, with cases mostly relating to his various business ventures. This time though, the public strikes back, as now the POTUS is being taken to court by seven people that he blocked on Twitter.
Donnie is an avid user of Twitter, with a Museum dedicated to his tweets alone, popping up in New York City. This latest legal action has been filed by the Knight First Amendment Institute, a group out of Colombia University that is all about free speech; a first amendment right.
It would be hard to believe that it is only these 7 individuals that have been blocked by Donald Trump or his aides but they are certainly the only 7 to bother making it a legal matter. They were blocked from Donald Trumps twitter account after replying to his tweets with either mockery, or criticism.
In their complaint, they claim that by being blocked, they are unable to join in the online conversation, a move seen as to suppress their dissent, and thus a violation of their First Amendment Right.
But why stop at just suing Trump. The white house Press Secretary Sean Spicer and Daniel Scavino (Donald Trump’s social media director- Yup that’s the guy) are also named in the lawsuit.
Jameel Jaffer, executive director of the Knight First Amendment Institute, said the president’s love of Twitter means it has become “an important source of news and information about the government”.
“The First Amendment applies to this digital forum in the same way it applies to town halls and open school board meetings,” he said.
“The White House acts unlawfully when it excludes people from this forum simply because they’ve disagreed with the president.”
By virtue of excluding critics from this forum, whatever Donald Trump posts, that is the President Of The United States, that is the most senior member of government, it has been “cleaned” of any criticism and thus does not truly represent the opinions of the American people.
There is yet to be an official statement by the White House on the matter.