Comedian Alex Stein has sued Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for violating his 1st Amendment rights by blocking him on Twitter.
AOC blocked Prime Time #99 after he hilariously trolled her on the U.S. Capitol steps last July.
“I posted about a deeply disgusting incident that happened today on the Capitol steps, but took it down bc it’s clearly someone seeking extremist fame. It’s just a bummer to work in an institution that openly allowed this, but talking about it only invites more. Just really sad,” AOC tweeted.
“Here is a video he posted of the incident. I was actually walking over to deck him because if no one will protect us then I’ll do it myself but I needed to catch a vote more than a case today.”
In the video, Stein called AOC his “favorite big booty Latina” and commented about her position on abortion.
“She wants to kill babies but she’s still beautiful. You look very beautiful in that dress. You look very sexy. Look at that booty on AOC,” Stein said.
Here is a video he posted of the incident. I was actually walking over to deck him because if no one will protect us then I’ll do it myself but I needed to catch a vote more than a case today pic.twitter.com/RdwCNBDIBb
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 14, 2022
Stein has resorted to a lawsuit for the New York Democrat to unblock him from Twitter.
Prime Time #99 Will Not Be Denied!
Please Unblock Me AOC
— Alex Stein #99 (@alexstein99) March 10, 2023
In his lawsuit, Stein cited a court ruling that said President Trump couldn’t block people from following him on Twitter.
CNBC had further details:
Stein’s lawsuit cites a federal appeals court decision that ruled against then-President Donald Trump, saying he violated the constitutional rights of several people by blocking them from following him on Twitter.
The appeals court said Trump was acting in his official presidential capacity when he blocked those people.
Just days after that ruling in November 2019, Ocasio-Cortez apologized to and settled a case with former Brooklyn assemblyman Dov Hikind, who sued her for blocking him on her @AOC Twitter account in response to critical replies to her tweets.
In that case, Ocasio-Cortez lifted the block on Hikind, and said he “has a First Amendment right to express his views and should not be blocked for them.”Stein is looking for the same response with his suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.
“I really don’t have any hard feelings for AOC,” Stein said, adding that is not looking for monetary damages in the case.
“I really would like to have her unblock me,” he said, noting that would allow him to “communicate with her.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s office and lawyers who represented her in the prior Twitter-block lawsuit did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Stein’s suit.
If the congresswoman fights the complaint, it would reopen the legal argument about the rights of political figures to prevent certain individuals or groups from following them on social media platforms.
In 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court erased the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that Trump had violated the First Amendment rights of the people he had blocked from his Twitter account while serving in the White House. The Supreme Court ordered the appeals court to dismiss the case as moot, because Trump by then was a private citizen.
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