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 rips 'public charge' decision: 'The American Dream isn't a private club with a cover charge' Democrat questions new border chief's involvement in Facebook group with racist, sexist posts The DCCC's 'blacklist' protects a white male political status quo 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 TrumpWarren: Dershowitz presentation 'nonsensical,' 'could not follow it' Bolton told Barr he was concerned Trump did favors for autocrats: report Dershowitz: Bolton allegations would not constitute impeachable offense 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) CrowleyOcasio-Cortez defends decision not to pay dues to House Democratic campaign arm Hill.TV's Krystal Ball says Ocasio-Cortez has become a force in Democratic Party Ocasio-Cortez: 'In any other country Joe Biden and I would not be in the same party' MORE (D-N.Y.) last year,  sits at about 5.7 million followers, eclipsing the following of Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse passes bill aimed at bolstering Holocaust education Hillicon Valley — Presented by Philip Morris International — NFL social media accounts hacked | Dem questions border chief over controversial Facebook group | Clinton says Zuckerberg has 'authoritarian' views Meadows: Republicans who break with Trump could face political repercussions MORE (D-Calif.).