Ocasio-Cortez apologizes for blocking ex-politician on Twitter, settles lawsuit

Ocasio-Cortez apologizes for blocking ex-politician on Twitter, settles lawsuit
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez: Trump contributed less in taxes 'than waitresses and undocumented immigrants' Will Democrats attempt to pack the Supreme Court again? On The Money: Anxious Democrats push for vote on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi, Mnuchin ready to restart talks | Weekly jobless claims increase | Senate treads close to shutdown deadline MORE (D-N.Y.) has settled a lawsuit and issued an apology to a former New York state assemblyman after blocking him on Twitter.

The Associated Press and New York Daily News reported Monday that Ocasio-Cortez chose to settle the lawsuit ahead of her scheduled testimony in court Tuesday, and issued a statement apologizing for blocking former Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a talk radio host.

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“Mr. Hikind has a First Amendment right to express his views and should not be blocked for them,” she said, according to the Daily News. “In retrospect, it was wrong and improper and does not reflect the values I cherish. I sincerely apologize for blocking Mr. Hikind.”

Hikind's lawsuit hinged on a decision by a panel of federal appeals judges ruled earlier this year that President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Ocasio-Cortez: Trump contributed less in taxes 'than waitresses and undocumented immigrants' Third judge orders Postal Service to halt delivery cuts MORE could not block critics from his Twitter account, which like Ocasio-Cortez's is often used to make official statements.

“It’s pretty incredible. She’s apologizing,” Hikind told the Daily News. “This might be the first time that she actually says, ‘I was wrong.’ It’s great. It’s a great victory for First Amendment rights.”

Ocasio-Cortez's Twitter account, which exploded in popularity after her primary defeat of longtime Rep. Joe CrowleyJoseph (Joe) CrowleyHillicon Valley: Election officials prepare for new Russian interference battle | 'Markeyverse' of online fans helps take down a Kennedy | GOP senators unveil bill to update tech liability protections 'Markeyverse' of online fans helps take down a Kennedy The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump visits Kenosha | Primary day in Massachusetts | GOP eyes Minnesota as a battleground MORE (D-N.Y.) last year,  sits at about 5.7 million followers, eclipsing the following of Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi preparing for House to decide presidency if neither Trump or Biden win electoral college: report Trump seeks boost from seniors with 0 drug discount coupons GOP senators confident Trump pick to be confirmed by November MORE (D-Calif.).