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08 June 2017, 02:19 | Floyd Cook
The Knight Institute demanded that Trump unblock the accounts of people whom he blocked due to their views, but it did not threaten legal action. Why didnt you attend your #PittsburghNotParis rally in DC, Sir? he asked, adding #fakeleader. Trump blocked him too. The president blocked them after they responded negatively to his tweets, and, unsurprisingly, they're not alone.
The attorneys argue that blocking users suppresses speech, since those blocked can't interact with Trump on Twitter anymore.
George Conway III, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway's husband previously considered a potential Trump nominee, tweeted Monday that Trump's social media use may jeopardize the administration's agenda in court.
"When new communications platforms are developed, core First Amendment principles can not be left behind", Katie Fallow, a senior litigator at the Knight Institute, said in a statement.
A legal group wants US President Donald Trump to unblock users from his Twitter account, arguing that his account constitutes a "designated public forum".
Twelve percent said they do not have an opinion and 4 percent said Trump is not tweeting enough.
The users weren't told why they were blocked, but the lawyers maintain that the connection between their criticisms and the cutoff was plain. Quartz contacted the White House for comment on the blocking policy shortly after the demand letter was published and will update this post if there is a response. And "President of the United States" is about as public and governmental as a job can possibly be. During Tuesday's press briefing, Sean Spicer said that the president's tweets are in fact official White House statements, even though Spicer himself spends considerable time at these briefings distancing the White House from Trump's messages on Twitter. Sixty-two percent of respondents said Trump's decision to withdraw from the agreement was a mistake, with 78 percent saying they are "very concerned" or "somewhat concerned" about climate change. Fifty-one percent of voters say Trump's use of Twitter hurts national security, 53 percent say it hurts the nation's standing in the world and 57 percent say it damages his own presidency.
"But just because you are protesting doesn't mean a government official has to listen", he said. The Knight Institute said its arguments would apply with "equal force" to both accounts.
Thirty-five percent of Trump voters said his use of Twitter was a bad thing, up 11 points from December, while 37 percent of Republicans said the same, up 8 points from late a year ago.
"Arguably, and very arguably hurling expletives at the President could fall under manner restriction, but the Supreme Court has said that one man's profanity is another man's lyric", he said.
"The significant harm, and one for which there aren't obvious workarounds, is that you're excluded from the comment threads discussing the president's tweets", Abdo said.
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