Skip To Content

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
Fast Forward

Jewish Professor Sues Trump For Blocking Him On Twitter

A Jewish professor of sociology is among the seven individuals suing President Trump and his communication teams, alleging that they’re violating the Constitution by blocking people on Twitter.

Philip N. Cohen, a 49-year-old professor at the University of Maryland, was blocked by the @realDonaldTrump account after responding to Trump on Twitter last summer and calling him a “Corrupt Incompetent Authoritarian,” according to the complaint filed in New York today.

In June 6, 2016, Cohen replied to a Trump tweet about air traffic control with a tweet of a photo of Trump. “Corrupt Incompetent Authoritarian. And then there are the policies. Resist,” Cohen wrote.

The tweet received 307 likes and 35 retweets.

About 15 minutes later, Cohen found that he had been blocked by the @realDonaldTrump account, meaning he cannot see any of the president’s Tweets.

Contact Sam Kestenbaum at [email protected] or on Twitter,@skestenbaum


Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.