Trump has been left dumbstruck and nearly in tears after a warning letter from Columbia University and this was really inevitable. Trump will probably never forgive Columbia University for this but it’s hard to feel sorry for him because Trump has consistently failed to learn from his mistakes and thinks he can just bluff his way through stuff and get away with anything.
We applaud Columbia University for pointing out Trump’s mistake and we all hope this will keep him on the straight and narrow and stop him from straying onto the crooked and wide.
Trump crossed swords with Columbia University over his favourite platform of communication- Twitter but guess what, Trump has totally lost and was nearly in tears as he recounted the misshap to his fans.
We all know Trump loves tweeting and tweets aggressively- both connecting with his fans and supporters while aggressively tackling his adversaries every now and then. Often times he is cruel and heartless on Twitter and has brought many of his adversaries to tears. It is worth mentioning that he has been accused of cyber bullying and trolling but he claims that is normal and to be expected on social media.
Un(fortunately), Trump is getting a taste of his own medicine on Twitter of recent. Many tweeters are willing to take him on, question him, question his claims, his polls, his sources. Others troll him and cyber bully him just like he bullies others. And that’s where the problem is. Trump decided to block all Twitter users who don’t agree with him.
Then the legal troubles began. Apparently, as a President of the US, he can not block anyone. His Tweets are for a public space and therefore he can not block anyone. If anyone bullies him on Twitter, he can report them to the authorities but not block them. So the Knight Institute and Columbia University have written to him and asked him to unblock all followers immediately because he’s breaking the law.
The institute, in a letter to Trump, warned that the President could face legal action on behalf of two clients they represent.
“This Twitter account operates as a ‘designated public forum’ for First Amendment purposes, and accordingly the blocking of our clients is unconstitutional. We ask that you unblock them and any others who have been blocked for similar reasons,” the letter stated. It was signed by Jameel Jaffer, the director of the institute; senior litigator Katie Fallow; and senior staff attorney Alex Abdo.
They highlighted the case of Holly O’Reilly, who tweets under the handle @aynrandpaulryan, who was blocked on May 28 after she posted a GIF captioned, “This is pretty much how the whole world sees you.” In the photo, Pope Francis appears uncomfortable during a meeting with Trump at the Vatican last month.
Also cited was Joseph Papp, who tweets under the handle @joepabike, who discovered he was blocked after he posted on June 4 the message, “Why didn’t you attend your #PittsburghNotParis rally in DC, Sir? #fakeleader.” It was a response to Trump’s tweet of his weekly radio address.
The institute argues that Trump’s Twitter account “is a forum for expression in which you share information and opinions relating to government policy with the public at large, and in which members of the public can engage you, engage one another, and sometimes elicit responses from you.”
Trump is now very angry and bitter about the whole situation.