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Trump challenges court ruling barring him from blocking Twitter users

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By David Shepardson

U.S President Donald Trump is challenging a federal appeals court decision that ruled he violated the U.S. Constitution by blocking people whose views he disliked from his Twitter account.

In court papers filed late on Friday by the U.S. Justice Department, Trump sought a rehearing by the full 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, calling the 3-0 decision"fundamentally misconceived."

Trump has more than 63 million followers on Twitter, and often uses his account to make significant announcements, including Friday when his tweets about trade with China sent U.S. stock and oil prices down sharply.

The three-judge panel last month upheld a May 2018 lower court ruling that forced Trump to unblock several dozen followers.

Twitter Inc and the White House declined to comment.

In the appellate court ruling, Circuit Judge Barrington Parker wrote, "the First Amendment does not permit a public official who utilizes a social media account for all manner of official purposes to exclude persons from an otherwise-open online dialogue because they expressed views with which the official disagrees."

White House social media director Dan Scavino, who was also a defendant, is also challenging the appeals court ruling.

The Justice Department court filing Friday warned that if the appeals court ruling was upheld, "public officials who address matters relating to their public office on personal accounts will run the risk that every action taken on that account will be state action subject to constitutional scrutiny."

Parker, however, had said Trump's account bears "all the trappings of an official, state-run account" and is "one of the White House's main vehicles for conducting official business."

Trump has made his @RealDonaldTrump account, which he opened in 2009, a central and controversial part of his presidency, using it to promote his agenda and attack critics.

His blocking of critics was challenged by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, as well as seven Twitter users he had blocked.

The Justice Department filing noted that since the ruling two lawsuits were filed accusing Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of violating the First Amendment for blocking individuals on her personal Twitter account.

The Justice Department filing said the court's "mistaken First Amendment reasoning is being applied not just to any public official, but to the President of United States."

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U.S President Donald Trump is challenging a federal appeals court decision

because he believes 'laws are for peasants' (hee hee), not for the 'elite' like him and his family. Trump wants to stack the courts at all levels so there will be fewer checks on him and his fellow predatory oligarchs.

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You would think that there are more pressing matters to care of. Like all the problems, that he has caused since taking office.

Arms race with Russia. Trade War with China. Cold War with our Allies. Homegrown massacres. America is SINKING FAST!

No, his concern is someone on twitter hurt his feelings because they pointed out his stupidity. LOL!

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No, his concern is someone on twitter hurt his feelings because they pointed out his stupidity. LOL!

I doubt it. He hits and counterpunches just as hard given the response he always gets, but he does have a good case. Will he be successful, hmmmm....

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Okay, let's list this:

Trump made a main theme of his campaign against Clinton her private server;

Trump governs mostly by Tweet;

Trump doesn't want some people to see those Tweets.

Cognative dissonance, anyone?

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You do realize people who are blocked can still see his tweets, right?

Disingenuous anyone?

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You do realize people who are blocked can still see his tweets, right?

Disingenuous anyone?

But they can't comment and bring attention to his lies. The FTC regulates companies and prevents them from being dishonest to the public which can cause physical damage, financial damage, or both. Who or what has been stopping the current administration from lying to the public. Ans: the media and the people which is why Dump wants to censor both.

Everytime, Dump lies to the public, the media and people like on Twitter raise awareness about it. Dump is made because they are spoiling his con.

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But they can't comment and bring attention to his lies.

What about the constant lies of liberals? Should they be blocked or given attention?

The FTC regulates companies and prevents them from being dishonest to the public which can cause physical damage, financial damage, or both.

Then these people are very selective in what they deem as dishonest to the public.

Who or what has been stopping the current administration from lying to the public. Ans: the media and the people which is why Dump wants to censor both.

What? What a load of crap!

Everytime, Dump lies to the public, the media and people like on Twitter raise awareness about it. Dump is made because they are spoiling his con.

Yes, they raise awareness to selective outrage, interesting.

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The media writes multiple articles about every single tweet The Chosen One makes.

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What about the constant lies of liberals? Should they be blocked or given attention?

Logical fallacy!

Then these people are very selective in what they deem as dishonest to the public.

Prove it!

What? What a load of crap!

Logical fallacy! Not rebutting the statement!

Yes, they raise awareness to selective outrage, interesting.

Pot meet kettle!

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Interesting that Trumpists bellow the "freedom of speech" mantra when it suits.

But they are happy to deflect on this one, bringing liberals into the topic.

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What about the constant lies of liberals? Should they be blocked or given attention?

QED.

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bass

Do you really think he has a good case? Isn't the First Amendment important to you?

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Twitter can simply disable the blocking function for accounts it deems as the account of a “public official”.

there is no “freedom of speech” on social media platforms.

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What about the constant lies of liberals? Should they be blocked or given attention?

Completely irrelevant regarding Donny blocking people on twitter, but does satisfy a compulsive itch to denigrate liberals.

there is no “freedom of speech” on social media platforms.

Hilarious that you say this when you're constantly whining about conservatives being persecuted by social media platforms!

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Logical fallacy!

Why?

Prove it!

30,000 emails, private servers, using bleach bit to scrub hard drives, painting black faces, nothing to look at, a conservative says something that liberals think is racist, hang and crucify the person. Congress members being anti-Semitic, nothing gets done, but President calls out the Congresswoman, he’s a racist and on and on....

Logical fallacy! Not rebutting the statement!

No, you just can’t back it up, I get it though

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Completely irrelevant regarding Donny blocking people on twitter,

It’s all completely relevant.

but does satisfy a compulsive itch to denigrate liberals.

Ok, let’s give them a pass because it would undermine our argument, I get it.

Hilarious that you say this when you're constantly whining about conservatives being persecuted by social media platforms!

Coming from the people that constantly and continuously whine about the President.

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Hilarious that you say this when you're constantly whining about conservatives being persecuted by social media platforms!

Yep, welcome to the hypocritical world of Trump-world and the Repubs.....

China is stealing US jobs! Trump and Ivanka have their clothes and shoes made in Chinese factories...

Illegal immigrants are invading our country! Employs illegal immigrants at most of his properties....

Deficits are bad! Trump has highest deficit in US history....

Supreme Court Justices shouldn't be confirmed with one year left on a Presidency! Doesn't apply with a Repub President...

This is just one more example....

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So the Trump supporters, who are usually big supporters of the 2nd amendment don't want to support the first, with Trump?

"In the appellate court ruling, Circuit Judge Barrington Parker wrote, "the First Amendment does not permit a public official who utilizes a social media account for all manner of official purposes to exclude persons from an otherwise-open online dialogue because they expressed views with which the official disagrees.""

There we have, signed, sealed, delivered.

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Yep, welcome to the hypocritical world of Trump-world and the Repubs.....

Liberals saying that with a straight face. Lol

China is stealing US jobs! Trump and Ivanka have their clothes and shoes made in Chinese factories...

Did they ever find out why Feinstein allowed an illegal personal Chinese driver into the country?

Deficits are bad! Trump has highest deficit in US history....

And when the next Democrat President takes office, it’ll be even higher.

Supreme Court Justices shouldn't be confirmed with one year left on a Presidency!

That won’t happen. Trump has the right and the power to shovel one through, get the Kleenex ready for a third conservative on the bench.

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If Trump has 63 million Twitter followers he would have to employ people to handle that account. Would they be White House staff or private people. How does that work out?

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The U.S.S. Done is taking on water!

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Yep, welcome to the hypocritical world of Trump-world and the Repubs.....

Liberals saying that with a straight face. Lol

Not just Liberals - pretty much everyone except those inside the cult....

China is stealing US jobs! Trump and Ivanka have their clothes and shoes made in Chinese factories...

Did they ever find out why Feinstein allowed an illegal personal Chinese driver into the country?

Jeez, they don't even hide their dodges anymore - I wonder when we'll have a Trumper explain to us why the Trumps get their clothing and shoe lines made in China - you know, the country Donnie "ordered" US companies out of...I assume that applies to Trump clothes and Ivanka shoes too....

Deficits are bad! Trump has highest deficit in US history....

And when the next Democrat President takes office, it’ll be even higher.

The Trumper "I'm in a corner and can't get out" reply - But What About.....

Supreme Court Justices shouldn't be confirmed with one year left on a Presidency!

That won’t happen. Trump has the right and the power to shovel one through, get the Kleenex ready for a third conservative on the bench.

And they readily admit to their hypocrisy....

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Not just Liberals - pretty much everyone except those inside the cult....

Liberals have their own cult issues to deal with, I get it. The power of CNN compels them...

Jeez, they don't even hide their dodges anymore - I wonder when we'll have a Trumper explain to us why the Trumps get their clothing and shoe lines made in China -

What’s their to explain, it’s quite simple, some things you can’t make in the US anymore, if you use for certain parts or textiles made in China it doesn’t mean we should let them hose us.

"I'm in a corner and can't get out" reply - But What About.....

Then don’t get in it.

.And they readily admit to their hypocrisy.

Reid was one of the best teachers.

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The power of CNN compels them...

Nobody watches it according to you.

You keep contradicting yourself.

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Congress members being anti-Semitic,

Nope. You cannot quote a single time any of those women specifically used the word Jew or Jewish on a derogatory manner. According to your "logic," Donny's not racist because he has never specifically mentioned race. This means, according to your "logic," the congresswomen cannot be anti-Semitic.

Hilarious that you got backed into a corner yet again with your own "logic."

nothing gets done,

Because Massacer Moscow Mitch won't bring any of the legislation passed by the House to the floor.

but President calls out the Congresswoman, he’s a racist and on and on....

That's onlybthe most recent example of Donny's racism.

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It’s all completely relevant.

Nope.

Ok, let’s give them a pass because it would undermine our argument, I get it.

Not even a logical inference from my post, which means more irrelevance.

Coming from the people that constantly and continuously whine about the President.

More irrelevance.

Anyobe else see a pattern here?

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Not just Liberals - pretty much everyone except those inside the cult....

Liberals have their own cult issues to deal with, I get it. The power of CNN compels them...

Nothing like the cult of the Great Orange Idiot...

Jeez, they don't even hide their dodges anymore - I wonder when we'll have a Trumper explain to us why the Trumps get their clothing and shoe lines made in China -

What’s their to explain, it’s quite simple, some things you can’t make in the US anymore, if you use for certain parts or textiles made in China it doesn’t mean we should let them hose us.

HAHAHAHAHAH...your President declares war on China as an unfair trader yet still gets his and Ivanka's stuff made there on the cheap - cheating US workers - and that's all you can say? It's spelled H-Y-P-O-C-R-I-S-Y....

"I'm in a corner and can't get out" reply - But What About.....

Then don’t get in it.

Corner-man....get's stuck because he can't defend the Dimwit....did you hear Trump 2020 banners are being made in China too...what's up with that? MAGA or MCGA?

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-china-flags/made-in-china-trump-re-election-flags-may-get-burned-by-his-tariffs-idUSKBN1KF1D6

.And they readily admit to their hypocrisy.

Reid was one of the best teachers.

Thanks for agreeing with me...

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What about the constant lies of liberals?

What? What a load of crap!

Liberals saying that with a straight face. Lol

Liberals have their own cult issues to deal with, I get it. The power of CNN compels them...

Is there any point in continuing this "discourse"? America has been infected by pure insanity.

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