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TWEETER’S BLOCK

Donald Trump blocked me on Twitter. Should I sue him? A First Amendment group says I have a case

SHOULD I SUE Donald Trump for blocking me on Twitter?

I never expected to ask that question. But life is strange. And so is Twitter, especially when the president of the United States is involved.

Trump blocked my account on June 15, though I don’t know why. It probably had something to do with my tweet mocking his use of “WITCH HUNT!” (I told the president he should stop using that term because it’s an insult to witches.) Soon I was blocked, and I wrote an article about it.

The following day, I heard from a legal intern at the Knight First Amendment Institute. He wanted to know if I was interested in serving as a plaintiff in a potential lawsuit against Trump. The Knight Institute was founded at Columbia University in 2016 to defend free speech in the digital age. In recent weeks, the organization has turned its attention to Trump’s Twitter fingers, arguing that his account—@realDonaldTrump— is “a designated public forum,” so citizens have a First Amendment right to respond to it regardless of their political views.

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