Written by: Elizabeth Blevins
I posted this graphic with a comment on Commissioner Mitchell’s official Facebook page at 11 AM.
The comment said, “This is a lie. You knew within ten minutes of leaving the July 23rd Board meeting that Mayor Warner was unavailable August 1-5. You and Commissioner Larson specifically CHOSE to schedule the meeting that night. In fact, you chose to schedule the meeting when Jessie Bellflowers, a freshman Commissioner, could be there, instead of when the seasoned Mayor could be there. Why would you do that?”
Three hours later my comment has been removed and Commissioner Mitchell has blocked me from liking or commenting on his official page.
In May of this year a Federal judge ruled that President Donald Trump, as an elected official, could NOT block social media users from commenting to him.
“Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald, of the U.S. District Court…said President Trump’s Twitter account is a public forum and blocking people who reply to his tweets with differing opinions constitutes viewpoint discrimination, which violates the First Amendment.”
No government official is above the law, and it is presumed all government officials will follow the law. As such, Commissioner Mitchell has two choices, unblock everyone he’s blocked previously, or delete his account.
I’ve already reached out to the ACLU.
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