New York Democrat Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attacked Fox News host Laura Ingraham in a Tweet.
Ocasio-Cortez slammed Ingraham by calling the popular Fox News host a “neo-Nazi fan favorite” and for “defending white supremacist viewpoints and mocking gun violence survivors.”
See? You’re a neo-Nazi fan favorite and I don’t block you for defending white supremacist viewpoints and mocking gun violence survivors. https://t.co/007audZvgj
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 30, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez was responding to Ingraham over the Representative’s decision to block people from her Twitter account.
Blocking people from her account became an issue for Ocasio-Cortez following an effort from Columbia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute which urged her in a letter to unblock people on First Amendment grounds.
Ocasio-Cortez defended her right to block people in a response to the Knight First Amendment Institute’s Tweet.
1. I have 5.2 million followers. Less than 20 accounts are blocked for ongoing harassment. 0 are my constituents.
2. Harassment is not a viewpoint. Some accounts, like the Daily Caller, posted fake nude photos of me & abused my comments to spread it. No one is entitled to abuse. https://t.co/0QWKqJFzRe
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 29, 2019
The letter states blocking people on her @AOC Twitter account “…is unconstitutional, and we are writing in the hope of dissuading you from engaging in it.”
The basis of the Knight First Amendment Institute’s argument is Ocasio-Cortez’s Twitter account is a “public forum” because she uses it on public policy matters.
The letter explains, “You use the account as an extension of your office—to share information about congressional hearings, to explain policy proposals, to advocate legislation, and to solicit public comment about issues relat-ing to government.”
Ocasio-Cortez is also being sued by former Democratic New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind because she blocked him on Twitter.
The law applies to socialists just as it does to capitalists.
— Dov Hikind (@HikindDov) July 10, 2019
Attacking Ingraham on such outrageous grounds is an attempt by Ocasio-Cortez to distract from the core point that she is blocking critics from her Twitter account.