Trump’s team told the Knight Institute on July 20 that the president did not intend to unblock these users, according to the lawsuit. The Knight Institute lawsuit asks Trump to unblock all users unless there are good reasons to block them individually.
“The continued blocking of defendants’ defendants … violates their first amendment rights,” the case said Friday. “Unconstitutionally restricts their rights to read or participate in the discussion that arose in the public forum of the @realDonaldTrump account.”
The case continued: “It also unconstitutionally restricts their right of access to statements that defendants otherwise make available to the general public their right to seek redress from the government.”
Trump was instructed to unblock Twitter users in the 2018 decision on the grounds that cutting people off important political messages about things they tweeted was a violation of their free speech. Challenging the decision, the Justice Department claims that Trump’s Twitter account is not owned by the government and he is free to exclude anyone he likes from his personal account, the existence of which preceded his presidency.
“The official’s decision to exclude someone from his or her place of residence would not exercise the authority of the government, even if he made official statements about the property on that day,” the Justice Ministry argued in a court file in August. “And what’s true for real estate is also true for a social media account.”
The White House declined to comment on the case. The Ministry of Justice did not immediately respond to a request for comment.