Did Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez just violate the Constitution?

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Did Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) violate the First Amendment with action she took against a reporter Friday?

What happened?

On Friday, the Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra broke the news that Ocasio-Cortez had seemingly changed her accent while speaking to a predominantly black crowd at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network.

“This is what organizing looks like, this is what building power looks like, this is what changing the country looks like, it’s when we choose to show up and occupy the room and talk about the things that matter most,” Ocasio-Cortez said with a Southern drawl.

“I’m proud to be a bartender, ain’t nothin’ wrong with that,” she continued. “There’s nothin’ wrong with working retail, folding clothes for other people to buy. There is nothing wrong with preparing the food that your neighbors will eat. There is nothing wrong with driving the buses that take your family to work.”

Indeed, Ocasio-Cortez later claimed she was engaged in code-switching by using an accent familiar to her Bronx origin. On Twitter, she defended herself saying that Saavedra’s reporting churred the “conspiracy mills,” claiming she has previously used the accent in public.

Saavedra later checked the tapes, concluding that Ocasio-Cortez had, in fact, not used the same accent during the speeches she cited.

Ocasio-Cortez responded by blocking Saavedra on Twitter. Unconstitutional?

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  1. Of course she violates the Constitution – -part of her oath of office is “to protect the Constitution”; instead she acts like the low-life criminal she is and violates the Constitution on a daily basis.

  2. No, the Constitution doesn’t have a single WORD to say on whether a public official or candidate for office should have, or should not have, an accent, or what KIND of accent, or whether he/she should use an accent only on certain occasions. OTHER things she does may WELL violate the Constitution, but not this.

    And blocking someone, even a journalist, on the Internet is NOT a constitutional violation: you might note that the Internet DID NOT EXIST when the Constitution was adopted, so nobody thought to add a paragraph protecting its users. SOME STATE LAWS (not federal, yet) DO EXTEND FIRST AMENDMENT FREE SPEECH PROTECTIONS TO THE INTERNET — but NO law at ANY level says an official must accept all communications from every journalist/reporter at his/her convenience. I’m NO fan of Ocasio-Cortez, but even left-wing Members of Congress have the right to turn off their computers or toss messages in the trash. The Constitution doesn’t REQUIRE anyone EVER to respond to ANY message.

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