Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has asked a federal judge to dismiss former Assemblyman Dov Hikind’s lawsuit against her for blocking him on Twitter.
The Bronx-Queens congresswoman claims Hikind “lacks standing to bring the action” and says she hasn’t been properly served with the suit, according to court papers filed Wednesday.
Hikind sued Ocasio-Cortez last month in Brooklyn federal court, claiming the Democratic darling blocked him on Twitter because of his “criticism” of her.
He claimed the move was in violation of his First Amendment rights, citing a recent ruling by a federal appeals court in New York that found President Trump’s practice of blocking critics on Twitter was unconstitutional.
In an answer to Hikind’s complaint, lawyers for Ocasio-Cortez admitted that she blocked the longtime representative of Brooklyn’s 48th Assembly District — but denied it was because of his opinions.
They asked for the suit to be tossed with prejudice so it can’t be brought again.
In a press release issued Thursday, Hikind slammed the request.
“After acknowledging that she blocked me to disable my commenting without citing an offensive comment, it’s clear to me that Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is a coward,” he said. “With millions of followers, why is she still so afraid of what I have to say?”
Attorneys for Ocasio-Cortez didn’t immediately return a message.
Additional reporting by Andrew Denney
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