Brace your doors: The social media pitchforks and torches are coming for President Trump once again. This time, we’re talking more than just angry memes and whiny #DumpTrump hashtags.
Columbia University’s Knight Institute — a left-wing activist group that advocates for speech it deems “open and inclusive” — sued President Trump to unblock more than 40 left-leaning Twitter users who are deeply critical of his presidency and not afraid to say so. In the Institute’s words: “As the district court has held, the First Amendment prohibits the president from blocking Twitter users simply because they’ve criticized him.”
Now being appealed, the ruling came down in late May, when the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York — and a Clinton-appointed liberal judge — held it is unconstitutional for President Trump to block his opponents on Twitter. The president had blocked seven borderline-militant critics of his presidency. As the basis for its decision, the court designated the president’s Twitter account a governmental public forum that must bear the full brunt of the Left’s vitriolic online behavior.
The court is wrong on multiple accounts, and the Coolidge Reagan Foundation recently filed an amicus brief in the appeals court laying them all out.
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