Federal Judge Rules Trump Can't Block Anyone on Twitter Anymore

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A New York federal judge Wednesday ordered President Donald Trump to unblock everyone he's barred from seeing his Twitter posts, ruling that doing violated the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

“The blocking of the individual plaintiffs has the discrete impact of preventing them from interacting directly with the president’s tweets, thereby restricting a real, albeit narrow, slice of speech. No more is needed to violate the Constitution,” U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald wrote in her opinion. Trump can also block no others going forward.

The case against @realDonaldTrump was filed by Columbia University's Knight First Amendment Institute, which represented seven people the president has blocked on Twitter.

The plantiffs included people from all walks of life; a professor at the University of Maryland, a Tennessee surgery resident, a Seattle songwriter, a comedy writer in New York City, an author in Pittsburgh, a writer and legal analyst in Washington, D.C., and a police officer in Houston.

The lawsuit addressed both Trump and his social media coordinator, Dan Scavino.

Twitter users, whom Trump can no longer block, had a lot to say – especially people the oresident must now unblock.

"No government official is above the law and because all government officials are presumed to follow the law once the judiciary has said what the law is, we must assume that the president and Scavino will remedy the blocking we have held to be unconstitutional,” explained Buchwald.

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