Something incredible is happening every single day in America, and most of us are likely taking it for granted. The President of the nation addresses us on his own via Twitter almost every day.
He’s not being dragged in front of the cameras to deliver a canned speech filled with unsexy numbers and budget data – he’s reaching into his pocket and using his thumbs to relay to We The People whatever it is that he is feeling at that time. This is an unprecedented act of presidential and governmental transparency that has certainly been a contributing factor in the viciousness of the Deep State in the Trump Era. They simply cannot contain him at all times, and there is undoubtedly no one willing to take this platform away from him.
So, like it or not liberals, the President can simply skip having to mess with your mainstream media miscreants.
Naturally, this was infuriating to the left, who needed a way to have the last laugh in their pedantic little game. Now, they have that petty chuckle thanks to a judge’s ruling.
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.
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.”
“This case requires us to consider whether a public official may, consistent with the First Amendment, ‘block’ a person from his Twitter account in response to the political views that person has expressed, and whether the analysis differs because that public official is the President of the United States,” added Buchwald. “The answer to both questions is no.”
While you’re never going to catch me arguing against the First Amendment, it would be unfair to say that this is conducive to a free and open dialogue, especially is that means massive disruptions to the discourse through the involvement of hackers and bots.
In either case, I highly doubt that the President will simply turn away from the device should things get complicated. The possibilities are just far too powerful.
And, for that, we are thankful.