Countdown co-host Rachel Riley has become embroiled in a twitter spat with anti-Israel activist George Galloway, calling the failed politician “antisemite scum”.
Riley, the Channel 4 show’s brain box mathematician who has been standing against antisemitism on the social media platform, wrote “F*** off George Galloway”, after the former Labour and Respect MP responded to one of her tweets, saying: “Dumbfounding. She calls Chomsky ( or Chomski as she styles him) an anti-Semite and slanders half the Labour Party as the same. 1980’s left-wing comedy icon and all round gent backs…her! #Corbyn #Labour”.
The “all round gent” who backed Riley was, in this instance, “national treasure” Stephen Fry, who wrote: “I stand with you, Rachel x”
Galloway, now a presenter on Vladimir Putin mouthpiece broadcaster RT, attacked Riley after the antisemitism campaigner thanked Countdown co-host Nick Hewer, tweeting: “Thanks to Nick Hewer and everyone else standing shoulder to shoulder with me and so many others, against bullying, and against Antisemitism.
“It’s so very much appreciated.
Fuck off George Galloway. https://t.co/4vUbAjI86i
— Rachel Riley (@RachelRileyRR) January 9, 2019