Devin Nunes 'cow' parody account overtakes Nunes in Twitter followers

A parody account at the center of a lawsuit by Rep. David Nunes (R-Calif.) surpassed Nunes in Twitter followers since the suit was filed.

On Monday, Nunes sued the operator of the account, “Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesSunday shows preview: White House, congressional Democrats unable to breach stalemate over coronavirus relief The Hill's Campaign Report: US officials say Russia, China are looking to sow discord in election The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Negotiators 'far apart' as talks yield little ahead of deadline MORE’ Cow,” along with Twitter itself and an account purporting to represent his mother, for defamation. By the next afternoon, the account had increased its follower count from 1,000 followers to nearly 150,000. 

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By Wednesday afternoon, the account had overtaken Nunes himself in followers, boasting 440,000 to his 395,000.

Nunes’s lawsuit is seeking more than $250 million from Twitter, the two parody accounts and Republican operative Liz Mair. The California Republican accused the social media giant of “facilitating defamation on its platform” by allowing the two accounts to remain active.

Attorney Alan Dershowitz said on Fox News’s "America’s Newsroom" Wednesday that Nunes had “no case at all,” calling it “wrong from a political and ideological point of view.” In response, the parody account quipped that “The guy who defended OJ won’t defend Devin.” 

 

Despite the boost in followers for the account and widespread mockery of the lawsuit, conservatives have renewed claims of bias from tech giants in recent days.

Trump social media director Dan Scavino was briefly blocked from posting after Facebook mistook him for a bot, prompting President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Bob Woodward book will include details of 25 personal letters between Trump and Kim Jong Un On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' MORE to pledge to “look into” the decision. Later on Tuesday, Trump accused Google, Facebook and Twitter of colluding to silence conservatives.