“It’s a great development as she will have to answer very specifically what about my critical tweets crossed a line,” said Hikind
During the two-hour hearing held in federal court, Dov Hikind testified about the nature of his tweets that led to him being blocked by Ms. Ocasio-Cortez. He asserted his right to access to the congresswoman and that his critical tweets were those that took her to task for her careless usage of “concentration camps” and “never again” to refer to ICE detention facilities.
Additionally, the congresswoman’s campaign manager, Rebecca Rodriguez testified and revealed very important information: only Ms. Ocasio-Cortez has access to her @AOC account; she’s the one who decided to block Dov and actually did the blocking; she decided to do so because she felt Dov’s tweets were “too frequent”, “no longer conversational” (even though she never responded to a single tweet of his); “hateful”; and that Dov was gaining followers through doing so (an assertion that is impossible to prove, and isn’t relevant to the First Amendment). Because of her testimony the judge, as well as Dov’s lawyers Jacob and Israel Weinstein of Weinstein and Weinstein LLP and Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s defense team, agreed to have the congresswoman called to testify since she’s the only one who can answer to the facts surrounding her act of blocking. She will also have to explain how although @AOC is her primary account where she posts 10 to 20 times the amount she does on her official @RepAOC account, that it somehow remains personal and therefore not subject to the 2nd Court of Appeals precedent against the President.
The hearing will continue pending her agreeing to a date for her in-person testimony.