Love all, serve all.
Or so he claimed.
Brooklyn Councilman Justin Brannan seems to be suffering from short term memory loss, or severe hypocrisy. Many who know the Bay Ridge bully would argue it is the latter.
Brannan, who themed his 2017 City Council campaign “Love All, Serve All” decided to abandon that slogan Thursday when he blocked a multitude of critics from his official Twitter account. No one was safe from Brannan’s Twitter fingers as he blocked constituents, including this writer, after I tweeted to remind him of a Court of Appeals ruling that upheld a lower court’s previous finding that an elected official cannot block critics, as it is unconstitutional. In May of 2018, A New York Southern District judge banned President Trump from blocking twitter users stating that would violate their right to free speech.
As Mayor de Blasio’s water boy in Brooklyn, Brannan, is no stranger to controversy. In 2017, a colleague with autism accused then candidate Brannan of mocking his disorder and the crazed Brannan even went as far as beheading the colleague’s comfort stuffed animal and placing it on his desk. Talk about low and crass.
In 2018, Brannan led protests critical of Fort Hamilton Army Base and even called for the disbandment of ICE after Pablo Villavicencio Calderon, an undocumented immigrant, was detained after being flagged for an outstanding warrant while making a delivery at the Brooklyn Army base. Villavicencio was placed in ICE custody and jailed for 53 days until a judge ordered his release while attempting to gain legal status in the United States.
While Brannan was busy protesting the United States Army and cuddling up to Mayor de Blasio, Pablo Villavicencio was arrested again for allegedly assaulting his wife and stealing her cell phone so she could not dial 911 for help. Sounds like a great cause célèbre!
Violating constituents First Amendment rights by obnoxiously blocking them from your official Twitter is probably not the way Brannan wanted to start his 2019.