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One of the parody Twitter accounts singled out by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) has gained viral attention and tens of thousands of new followers since Nunes announced his lawsuit on Monday.
The account "Devin Nunes' cow" (@DevinCow), which, like Twitter itself, is being sued by Nunes for defamation, has amassed nearly 150,000 followers as of Tuesday afternoon. McClatchy reports the parody account had roughly 1,000 followers before being named in Nunes's lawsuit.
Nunes's lawsuit is seeking more than $250 million total from Twitter, GOP operative Liz Mair and the "Devin Nunes' cow" and "Devin Nunes' Mom" parody accounts. The @DevinNunesMom account has been suspended.
The former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is arguing Twitter is "facilitating defamation on its platform" and cites the two parody accounts as examples, saying they have made "libelous" statements about the California Republican.
The lawsuit does not appear to be impeding the parody account, as "Devin Nunes' cow" continued to post on Twitter Tuesday, trolling the former dairy farmer.
The banner photo on the account reads "Twitter conspiracy meeting tonight don't tell Devin."
It is not clear who is the operator of the parody account.