Practically everyone knows former KKK grand wizard David Duke, who has a whopping 50K Twitter followers. Yet Twitter doesn’t give Duke a verified badge, presumably because it doesn’t find his bigotry worthy of the legitimacy afforded by its verification badge. But in the current climate, the same isn’t true of prominent anti-Muslim bigots, from Pamela Geller to Laura Loomer and many others, who are verified on Twitter. In the aftermath of the NYC terrorist attack, Loomer tweeted a picture of ordinary Muslims walking around Manhattan in hijabs, and claimed that their mere presence in the area says that Muslims are celebrating terrorism. It’s not that an idiotic troll on Twitter can say dumb and hateful things, it’s that an idiotic troll on Twitter can say dumb and hateful things while posing as an “investigative journalist” with a verification badge, and can get a couple of thousand retweets on such a horrendous tweet.  We first thought we were annoyed by this line of tweets, but we found out an Arab American supermodel with over 7 MILLION followers on Twitter (yes, the one and only Gigi Hadid) was more annoyed. She tweeted back at Loomer saying: “Laura, I hate to give you the attention, but I need to tell you- You're a moron.” She actually didn’t just say “moron,” but we keep it PG13 on Countdown, so you’ll have to see her tweet yourself.

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