Right wing activist banned from Uber for "non-Muslim cab drivers" tweet

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The far-right activist sparked online debate after she claimed she was late to a press conference because she couldn't get an Uber driver who wasn't Muslim.

Loomer's tweets came a day after Sayfullo Saipov, an Uzbek immigrant who drove for both Uber and Lyft, rented a Home Depot truck and plowed into a bike path along the West Side highway, killing eight people and at least a dozen others.

In response Uber sent an email to Business Insider, stating the company would relieve Loomer of that hassle by revoking her membership altogether.

Loomer followed up with more anti-Muslim tweets, including "Someone needs to create a non-Islamic form of Uber or Lyft because I never want to support another Islamic immigrant driver".

Loomer's tweetGigi quickly torched her with an incredible and clear comeback And she didn't stop thereYo go, girl!

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At the time, Uber's Regional General Manager Meghan Verena Joyce wrote an e-mail to the Uber driver community condemning the actions of neo-Nazis at the violent demonstrations, saying that the company will back them up if they have to end their ride for whatever reason. The ride-sharing app has banned other far-right activists in the past. It noted that riders could also potentially be banned from Uber for making "comments or gestures that are aggressive, sexual, discriminatory or disrespectful".

Hadid made a decision to call out Loomer's bigotry in response.

Loomer wrote on Twitter that the women were "aimlessly walking around in hijabs", later adding that "you think they'd have the decency" not to go near the area of the attack. In the wake of the white nationalist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this year, they also banned far-right provocateur Tim Gionet, after a driver in Washington, DC booted him from her vehicle for allegedly making racially-charged remarks.

Laura Loomer stormed the Public Theater's production of Julius Caesar this summer due to the title character's resemblance to President Trump.

Federal prosecutors said Saipov was "consumed by hate and a twisted ideology" when he attacked.

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