Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has requested a lawsuit filed by former New York State assemblyman Dov Hikind be thrown out. Hikind filed a suit against the freshman lawmaker after she blocked him on Twitter. In the suit, Hikind pointed to a prior federal appeals court ruling that President Donald Trump couldn't block people on Twitter.
What is this lawsuit all about?
In July, Hikind filed a lawsuit in Brooklyn federal court complaining that Ocasio-Cortez blocked him on Twitter, which prevented him from viewing her tweets over "opinions he expressed."
The lawsuit stated, "Because of Plaintiff's criticism of AOC, Mr. Hikind has been prevented or impeded from viewing AOC's tweets, from replying to the tweets, from viewing discussions associated with the tweets, and from participating in those discussions."
Hikind told Fox News that it simply wasn't fair that Ocasio-Cortez should be able to block detractors because they don't agree with her politics.
"[Ocasio-Cortez uses Twitter] for political/policy commentary, so to shut a citizen off from her statements is a problem — as well as blocking me from petitioning her or seeking redress," he said.
Hikind cited a July court ruling against President Trump that the president blocking social media critics could violate U.S. citizens' First Amendment rights.
What is Ocasio-Cortez saying now?
On Thursday, the New York Post reported that Ocasio-Cortez requested that a judge throw out Hikind's lawsuit.
Ocasio-Cortez reportedly insisted that Hikind "lacks standing to bring the action" and that she hasn't properly been served with the lawsuit. Additionally, the freshman lawmaker denied that she blocked Hikind because of differing opinions.
Ocasio-Cortez's legal team reportedly requested that the suit be thrown out with prejudice so Hikind could not file a second time.
Hikind responded to the news with a cutting statement, telling the Post that he believes she is a coward.
"After acknowledging that she blocked me to disable my commenting without citing an offensive comment, it's clear to me that Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is a coward," he said. "With millions of followers, why is she still so afraid of what I have to say?"