On this week's episode of Versus Trump, Easha and Jason preview their live show at the ACS National Convention and then discuss the recent decision concluding that President Trump violated the First Amendment when he blocked seven Twitter users from responding to his tweets. As usual, you can listen online below, and subscribe via this page with any podcast player or here in iTunes.
They start the episode by previewing their live episode, which will take place on Saturday, June 9, at the ACS Convention in Washington, DC. With special guests Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and Stanford Law Professor and former Obama Administration Deputy Assistant Attorney General Pam Karlan, Jason, Easha, and Charlie will discuss the topic of "fairweather federalism." In today's episode, Jason and Easha each share some possible questions for the guests, but you can also email us your questions for them to email@example.com. You can find out more information and register for the Convention here.
Next, Easha and Jason turn to the merits of the recent decision in Knight First Amendment Institute v. Trump, in which a federal judge held that President Trump could not block Twitter users from responding to comment threads about his tweets. They discuss the two main hurdles the plaintiffs had to clear: 1) was the comment thread a public forum? and 2) is blocking someone from @realdonaldtrump an "official action"? They each agree with the district court's conclusion that the hurdles were successfully cleared.
They end the episode by updating several more cases and issuing a correction in response to listener feedback.