Lauren Boibert, the new Republican congressman from Colorado, was sued in federal court over allegations that she violated the free speech rights of one of her constituents by blocking her on Twitter.
Brie Pointello, a former Democratic state representative who lives in Pueblo, filed the lawsuit Sunday.
The lawsuit filed by David Lynn, a powerful civil rights attorney in Denver, says, “Buentello is a concern, and a Boebert member, who tweeted criticizing Boebert.” “Boebert responded to Buentello’s correct criticism by following in the footsteps of her authoritarian hero – Donald Trump – and blocking Buentello from seeing her Twitter account, responding to her tweets, or communicating with those who interact in replies to her tweets.”
Boebert has banned Buentello on her personal Twitter account, but Lynn says that since Boebert uses the account to share official political positions, it is illegal for her to prevent voters from viewing it. Boebert also has an official Twitter account, but has far fewer followers and is much less active.
“Because of the way Boebert uses @ Laurenboebert, the account has become an important channel for news about her office and the United States government,” the lawsuit says. “Those who are banned from the account are hindered in their ability to learn only the information that is shared through that account.”
More: Read the lawsuit.
The lawsuit asks the court to compel Boebert to overturn Buentello’s ban. It also demands damages and attorneys’ fees.
The legal action is the latest controversy surrounding Baubert, who lives in Rifle, since she took office earlier this month. Her personal Twitter account was I hung up for a while After you’ve been involved in baseless allegations that Democrats are rigging the 2020 presidential election.
Boebert made national headlines for her desire to carry a handgun on the U.S. Capitol and for her efforts to nullify the 2020 presidential election results in Trump’s favor. On Saturday, news broke that Boebert’s spokesperson, Ben Goldie, had resigned, following the deadly January 6 riot at the Capitol.
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Boebert’s Chief of Staff did not immediately respond to a letter requesting comment on Sunday regarding the lawsuit.
Buentello, who filed the lawsuit, spent two years in the Colorado state legislature before losing her re-election bid in November. She was fiercely critical of Boybear, describing it as “white supremacy and unapologetic fascism.”
Boebert’s third congressional district stretches on the western slope and passes to Pueblo, where Buentello lives.
Tens of thousands of Colorado taxpayer dollars have been paid in recent years because elected officials, both Democrats and Republicans, have banned voters on social media.
The lawsuit against Colorado Senate Speaker Leroy Garcia, de Pueblo, resulted in a $ 25,000 settlement. Another lawsuit filed against the former state senator. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction, resulted in another $ 25,000 settlement.
Although there were at least four settlements in Colorado cases arising from elected officials who barred voters, there was no court ruling explicitly prohibiting this practice. However, courts in other states have ruled that it is unconstitutional for elected officials to block voters on social media because it impedes their ability and rights to participate in government.
The issue of government officials blocking people on social media has reached the highest office in the United States, with a federal court ruling that President Donald Trump cannot block access to his pages.