Court rules that President Trump has less rights than ordinary Americans

The President has reportedly blocked a range of critics including novelist Stephen King, comedian Rosie O’Donnell and model Chrissy Teigen. Photo: Twitter

In an extraordinary move, a Federal court has ruled that President Trump is not allowed to use social media in the same way that ordinary Americans can. Twitter provides tools to allow users to protect themselves from Trolls and online abuse but President Trump has been told by a Federal judge that he is not entitled to the same freedom and rights as an ordinary American citizen. This ruling has been made despite the fact that due to the popularity of his tweets he has to deal with far more abuse and trolls than an ordinary American citizen would. Quote:

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that President Donald Trump cannot block the accounts of his persistent Twitter critics, arguing that those individuals have a First Amendment right to view and interact with the @realdonaldtrump account using their profiles. End of quote.

Incredibly the judge thinks that Twitter critics not only have the right to view President Trump’s tweets and to troll and abuse him he in return has no right to choose who views his Tweets and to block abuse and trolling behaviour. Quote:

In her ruling, U.S. District Judge Naomi Buchwald wrote: “The viewpoint-based exclusion of the individual plaintiffs from that designated public forum is prescribed by the First Amendment and cannot be justified by the President’s personal First Amendment interests.”End of quote.

In other words, the judge is saying, first amendment rights for me but not for thee. In reality, the Twitter trolls are free to post their viewpoints all over Twitter as much as they want. They are just being blocked from following and tweeting on the President’s Twitter account.

I feel very confident that President Obama would have blocked conservative tweets from his Twitter feed so this feels like the usual beat up of Trump for doing exactly the same things that his predecessor did.

This is not a freedom of speech issue either as the critics are free to tweet their points of view on Twitter. No one is preventing them from having their say at all. They just can’t have their say on Trump’s presidential Twitter forum.

The White House may be Trump’s place of work but the general public cannot just rock up there whenever they feel like it and criticise the President of the United States to his face. Why should he not have the same right to control who he interacts with on his official Twitter account?

 

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