The thin-skinned Democrats of the Big Apple are having a “block party” with some of their social media followers.
State Senator Julia Salazar and City Councilmen Rafael Salamanca Jr. and Ari Kagan are among the elected officials who blocked voters and others from their Twitter accounts, likely because they took issue with what they said.
The Post reported that woke Councilwoman Kristin Richardson Jordan blocked an Upper West Side woman this month after commenting on low turnout at her vigil for two slain NYPD cops as well as their killer.
A Twitter user named @AlBeachGuy told the Post that he also received the ax from Jordan and that Salazar, a socialite representing part of Brooklyn, blocked it last fall on his personal account.
He said Jordan’s blocking came after he accused her of trying to draw attention to the deaths of the officers and then tweeted about the low turnout at his vigil. Salazar blocked him after he reminded her of his 2011 arrest following an argument with Mets legend ex-wife Keith Hernandez, he said.
The case against Salazar was dismissed.
“My view is that if they are going to tweet their stance on government policies and their political views on their personal accounts, the public should be able to respond to them,” he said.
A city employee who uses the @KittyCatC_007 Twitter account said Kagan, a former journalist and immigrant from the former Soviet Union, blocked him in early January shortly after he took over to represent Coney Island and surrounding neighborhoods. .
“He especially should know that you can’t or shouldn’t silence someone for their views,” the Twitter user said.
He said he last tweeted on Kagan’s personal account in November when he mentioned Kagan’s history in the Soviet Union, including his membership in the Communist Party. Kagan said he left the party in 1991.
On Thursday, he called Kagan a “comrade general secretary” in a tweet on Kagan’s official account.
“He’s clearly a troll,” Kagan told the Post. “Should I keep this person even on my personal account?”
Katie Fallow, a senior attorney at Columbia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute, told the Post that government officials are generally obligated not to block free speech on their official social media accounts or their personal accounts. they are used in an official way, for example to promote politics.
Kagan’s personal account is mostly made up of retweets of the government’s.
Bronx resident Lattina Brown said Salamanca, who she sought to unseat last year, blocked her this week from her official Facebook page and a Twitter account labeled as personal. She said the move came after praising another Bronx pol on Twitter.
“It’s his responsibility to hear the concerns of voters about what’s happening in the community,” Brown said of Salamanca.
Salamanca said his official Twitter account was open to everyone and on his personal account “I’m allowed to block whoever I want.”
A representative for Salazar did not return a request for comment.