Rachel Riley, 33, posted a defiant tweet to her 633,000 followers yesterday after Jeremy Corbyn supporters complained about her. The Countdown host has spoken out on the social media platform about the 69-year-old Labour leader’s alleged antisemitic views and recently signed a petition to protest about the issue. Rachel initially shared a link to the campaign on Monday to show her support, captioning the tweet: “Jeremy Corbyn is an antisemite and is unfit to hold any public office. “Over 50,000 signatures, and now it has mine. Please add yours and share. #BeLouder.”
The protest, which has received 53,759 signatures so far, is entitled: “Jeremy Corbyn is an antisemite and is unfit to hold any public office.”
As a result of Rachel’s promotion of the petition, the Corbyn protection society are said to have issued their own protest in a bid to “silence” the presenter.
Addressing the situation, the mathematics expert retweeted her initial post about the protest once again, writing: “My support of this petition was ‘the final straw’ for the Corbyn protection society
“So they’ve started a petition for OfCom to silence me.
“So here’s another RT of it, do please sign and share. I don’t think they’ve got the message yet. Supporting evidence in pinned tweets.”
Along with screenshots of comments made by Jeremy Corbyn supporters, she wrote: “Aiming to have me silenced for standing up to it. @Change facilitating it. Shameful.”
Rachel’s followers were quick to air their thoughts on the incident, supporting the TV personality in her bid to raise awareness about the issue of antisemitism in the Labour Party.
One fan responded: “I’ve reported this disgraceful petition targeting Rachel for a policy violation. I trust some of Rachel’s other supporters will do the same.”
Another added: “There is so much to admire your stand. You’ve got nothing to gain. You have the best principles but take so much stick.”
A third admirer wrote: “Don’t let the bullies win… keep it up.”
A fourth replied: “Keep going Rachel. Their reaction to you says it all.”
The petition on Change.org is titled: “Rachel Riley – Stop Smearing the UK” and it has currently raced up 777 signatures.
Jeremy Corbyn has strongly denied allegations of anti-Semitism during the controversy that has ripped through his party.
Rachel recently spoke about the Labour MP’s claims that he is not anti-semitic in the May issue of British GQ.
She said: “I couldn’t give a monkey’s if he is anti-Semitic or not himself, because the environment he seemingly supports and is encouraging, the stuff that people are claiming to do in his name, is vile.
“So, for me, whether he says he’s an anti-Semite or not, he’s allowing this to happen.”
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