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Gigi Hadid Just Educated Her Followers on the First Amendment

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A lesson in U.S. history, courtesy of Gigi Hadid.

Peppered in between Gigi Hadid's tweets about her latest fashion campaigns, her various Vogue covers and cute photos of her cute boyfriend feeding cute horses are calls to action.

Unlike her supermodel counterpart Kendall Jenner, who has had a rather tumultuous past in relation to political activism, Hadid isn't afraid to stand up for the rights of immigrants and the trans community, or to condemn the ivory trade. Her latest tweet, however, takes things a step further. 

The 22-year-old was one of several Hollywood elite, including Solange and John Legend, who took to social media to respond to Donald Trump's wishy-washy press conference on the events that took place in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend, in which the president blamed "both sides" for the violence that resulted in the death of counterprotester Heather Heyer. 

"I'm embarrassed & saddened by the state of our country," tweeted Hadid, herself the child of two immigrant parents. (Her father, Mohamed Hadid, was born in Israel; her mother, Yolanda Foster, was born in the Netherlands.) "This is TERRORISM. RACISM/HARASSMENT TO THIS DEGREE IS NOT PROTECTED BY THE [First Amendment]," she added, calling out those who defended the words and actions of the white nationalists by citing their "First Amendment rights."  

Attached to her tweet was a screenshot referring to the Supreme Court's ruling on Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire. "In 1942, the Supreme Court ruled that 'fighting words' are not protected under the First Amendment. The Court defines fighting words as 'those which by their very utterance inflict injury or tend to incite an immediate breach of peace.'" 

Several of Hadid's 5.8 million followers praised the model for speaking out on the events taking place in Virginia. This isn't the first time that Gigi or her younger sister, Bella, have stood in opposition to Trump. Back in January, the sisters marched in New York City to protest the suggested travel ban against immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries. 

 

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