AOC Forced to Apologize for Blocking Critic on Twitter After Settling Lawsuit
Ocasio-Cortez settles lawsuit with former Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind
Radical Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has been forced to issue an apology to one of her critics after settling a lawsuit with former Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind for blocking him on Twitter.
New York lawmaker Ocasio-Cortez reportedly agreed to settle the case to spare herself from having to testify in federal court on Tuesday to explain why she blocked Hikind on Twitter, according to the NY Post.
“I have reconsidered my decision to block Dov Hikind from my Twitter account,” AOC says in a written apology obtained by The Post on Monday.
Ocasio-Cortez acknowledges in the statement that she infringed on Hikind's First Amendment rights by blocking him on Twitter.
“Mr. Hikind has a First Amendment right to express his views and should not be blocked for them,” the statement reads.
Ocasio-Cortez was forced to issue an apology to her critic as part of a settlement deal that was reached between both parties.
“In retrospect, it was wrong and improper and does not reflect the values I cherish," AOC's apology continues.
"I sincerely apologize for blocking Mr. Hikind.
“Now and in the future, however, I reserve the right to block users who engage in actual harassment or exploit my personal/campaign account, @AOC, for commercial or other improper purposes.”
Hikind sued the Bronx progressive darling in July, claiming she violated his First Amendment rights by blocking him on Twitter.
Hikind, a prominent Jewish leader, criticized Ocasio-Cortez’s comments comparing migrant centers at the border to concentration camps.
Hikind had been itching for the court battle.
He released a video on Halloween previewing the “D-day” court battle and solicited donations for the Americans Against Antisemitism group he founded.
“On November 5th we will find out why Ms. Ocasio-Cortez has taken the path of cowardice until now, why she needed to block the founder of Americans Against Antisemitism at a time of rising violent antisemitism,” Hikind said in the video.
Ocasio-Cortez has 5.7 million Twitter followers.
She insisted she’s blocked fewer than 20 people.
“I’ve blocked less than 20 and it’s for harassment, not for political views,” she said in August.
“While people have a right to say whatever they want, they do not have a right to force me to hear it,” she added.