Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Will Someone Please Show These Crybabies The Door?

President Trump regularly blocks people from following him on his @realDonaldTrump Twitter feed.  Who can blame him when insufferable hags like Holly O’Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) post vitriol like this:
Or this:
Or this:
O’Reilly bitched and moaned about being blocked and in jumped Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University demanding, via a sternly worded letter, he unblock her and any other accounts he may have blocked and if he doesn’t they will sue the pants off him.

Jameel Jaffer, Executive Director declared, “Though the architects of the Constitution surely didn’t contemplate presidential Twitter accounts, they understood that the president must not be allowed to banish views from public discourse simply because he finds them objectionable.  Having opened this forum to all comers, the president can’t exclude people from it merely because he dislikes what they’re saying.”

But not all First Amendment scholars are convinced the Institute would have a strong case in court.

“The question of whether the President’s Twitter feed is a public forum is a more complicated question,” says Neil Richards, a professor at Washington University’s Law school, specializing in First Amendment theory. “The law here is famously muddled, because it’s trying to prevent the government from discriminating against people who speak on public streets and parks, but it’s trying to fight the urge to make everything a public forum.” 

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