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President Trump sued for blocking people on Twitter

President Trump sued for blocking people on Twitter (ABC7)

A D.C. woman is suing President Donald Trump because he blocked her on Twitter.

“It was surreal,” said Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza.

In June, Trump tweeted this from his @realDonaldTrump account: “Sorry folks, but if I would have relied on the Fake News of CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, washpost or nytimes, I would have had ZERO chance winning WH.”

Buckwalter-Poza replied “To be fair you didn’t win the WH: Russia won it for you.”

After that tweet, Buckwalter-Poza was blocked.

“It’s about preserving a constitutional right. It’s a principle. It’s something that is guaranteed to everyone in this country,” said Buckwalter-Poza.

Six other people are also listed in the lawsuit, which was filed in the Southern District of New York by the Knight First Amendment Institute. The not-for-profit defends free speech.

The organization argues the president and his communications team are violating the First Amendment by blocking individuals who criticize the president or his policies. In June, the Knight Institute sent a letter to the White House, asking the president and his aides to unblock people on Twitter. The Institute said the White House did not respond to the letter.

Paul Shiff Berman is a law professor at The George Washington University. He says the courts have not addressed a case like this one, so it is not clear how it will end.

“It’s not an implausible legal claim,” said Berman. “The question is whether the government, by setting up this particular Twitter account, is creating a public forum.”

The White House has admitted that the president’s tweets are official statements.

The lawsuit argues Trump’s @realDonaldTrump twitter account is a public forum under the First Amendment.

“I would love to be unblocked, but it goes further than that. It’s establishing the constitutional principal that he is violating,” said Buckwalter-Poza.

Sean Spicer and the White House Director of Social Media are also listed in the lawsuit.

Read the lawsuit in full below:

The White House has not responded to ABC7’ News' request for comment.

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