Rep. Kevin Brady Blocking Constituents on Twitter for Asking About Trump Russia
WASHINGTON, May 12, 2017—Republican Representative for Texas’s 8th congressional district has apparently blocked one of his constituents on Twitter Thursday. According to the constituent, he was asking Rep. Brady about an independent investigation into the Trump-Russia issue.
— Brandon Neely (@BrandonTXNeely) May 11, 2017
Apparently, the one constituent is not the only individual Brady blocked.
— TheJingoAteYourBaby (@CHamptonGray) May 12, 2017
— kim oconnor (@kimoco) May 12, 2017
Blocking constituents and interested individuals who ask difficult questions is apparently nothing new. North Carolina state lawmakers had a whole mini-controversy over blocking by state lawmakers in 2016.
“I’m happy to engage in respectful dialogue with constituents via as many means as possible, including via social media,” said a North Carolina County Commissioner accused of blocking constituents at the time. “However, honestly, I have found that engaging professional trolls who focus on attacking for the sake of consternation rather than working to find solutions is not productive.”
To be fair, Kevin Brady is not the only elected official who has taken to blocking constituents on Twitter lately. Several individuals have tweeted about being blocked by Rep. Steve Cohen @RepCohen,
— Shannon (@shannoneffects1) March 21, 2017
Rep. Scott Taylor @RepScottTaylor,
— TrumpTalesOfTerror (@paulbibeau) May 7, 2017
My congressman @Scotttaylorva blocked me from commenting on his Facebook page! You scared Scotty?! It’s called freedom of speech!
— Mindi Friedman (@Fried_Minn20) May 7, 2017
Rep Bill Flores @RepBillFlores,
— Andy Clark (@andyclarkk) May 9, 2017
Rep Doug Lamborn @RepDLamborn,
I would tag Congressman Doug Lamborn and shame his ass but HE BLOCKED ME ON TWITTER.
— Shelly Webster 💀 (@retrotrash) May 4, 2017
and Senator John Cornyn, @JohnCornyn
@MaxineWaters Cornyn is my senator and he blocked me on twitter. He’s not a fan of truth.
— Flo. Kiss my grits. (@VeraGorman) May 9, 2017
Politicians on both sides of the aisle apparently employ blocking. Senator Richard Blumenthal @SenBlumenthal has been accused of blocking by several individuals,
— maureen crowley (@maureeninct) May 10, 2017
Increasingly it appears that when a politician does not like what constituents have to say, they avoid town halls, restrict the public’s access to their office and block them on social media. Instead of listening to their voters, some politicians are now accusing many of those who disagree with them of being “professional trolls” or paid protesters.