On May 23, 2018, Federal judge Naomi Reice Buchwald, of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, ruled that as President, Donald Trump could not block individuals from his personal Twitter feed. “President Trump’s Twitter account is a public forum and blocking people who reply to his tweets with differing opinions constitutes viewpoint discrimination, which violates the First Amendment.”
One would expect that someone, oh, say a member of the House of Representatives, and Chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, would realize that what applies to the President in this case applies to them as well.
Devin Nunes does not.
I am a constituent of Nunes’, and have been blocked from his personal Twitter feed for quite some time now. I am not blocked from his “official” account, which he rarely uses. As of this writing, the most recent post there was made April 19, 2018. His personal account has a post made yesterday. This denies me, a constituent in his district, access to information being disseminated by my Congressman.
“Because no government official is above the law and because all government officials are presumed to follow the law once the judiciary has said what the law is, we must assume that the President and Scavino [and Nunes?] will remedy the blocking we have held to be unconstitutional,” Judge Buchwald wrote in her declaratory judgment.
Nunes has not responded to my inquiry, posted through is House of Representatives web page shortly after the court judgment, as to why I was blocked and when that block will be lifted.
An interesting observation – I was blocked before I even knew he had a personal account. My first visit there returned the ‘blocked’ status, so Nunes pro-actively moved to block me. I can only assume it was something I said, all first-amendmenty-like, about my representative.
I wonder if he thinks my blog has reached the exalted level of being “fake news”. CNN, the Fresno Bee, and me. Imagine that.