(CBrief) – Democrat New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is being sued after backlash from her confrontation with a comedian. The comedian, Alex Stein, heckled the representative in a video that was popular on Twitter and led to Ocasio-Cortez subsequently blocking him on the platform.
In the lawsuit, the comedian said that she blocked him “in retaliation to Mr. Stein’s exercise of his First Amendment right, because earlier that day Mr. Stein, in the context of political commentary and satire, complimented Ms. Cortez.
“Mr. Stein has a constitutional right to access Ms. Cortez’s Twitter account as part of vigorous public comment and criticism,” it said, Slay News reported.
“Ms. Cortez’s practice of blocking Twitter users she disagrees with is unconstitutional and this suit seeks to redress that wrong. My client is a political satirist,” his attorney Jonathan Gross said. “Political speech, the Supreme Court has said, is the highest level of protected speech.”
“I really don’t have any hard feelings for AOC,” the comedian said. “I really would like to have her unblock me. I think ethically, AOC is kind of playing fast and loose.”
In July 2022, the noted conservative provocateur nearly provoked a physical response from the New York Democrat as he harassed her while she entered the U.S. Capitol Building.
Stein recorded himself as he catcalled the congresswoman and posted the video on his Twitter account. Ocasio-Cortez later shared Stein’s video, calling it a “deeply disgusting incident.”
“I was actually walking over to deck him because if no one will protect us then I’ll do it myself but I needed to catch a vote more than a case today,” the Bronx Democratic socialist tweeted after the incident.
“It’s just a bummer to work in an institution that openly allowed this, but talking about it only invites more. Just really sad,” she added.
I posted about a deeply disgusting incident that happened today on the Capitol steps, but took it down bc it’s clearly someone seeking extremist fame.
It’s just a bummer to work in an institution that openly allowed this, but talking about it only invites more. Just really sad.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 14, 2022