Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain's Twitter account issued a plea for followers on Monday, hoping that Twitter would help McCain reach an impressive milestone: 3 million followers.
According to the tweet, they were "only 74" followers away from achieving that goal. "Spread the word & help us reach this big milestone!" it implored.
We're only 74 Twitter followers away from 3M - spread the word & help us reach this big milestone!— John McCain (@John McCain)1512408433.0
And that's as close as they would get, as scores of McCain's followers did just the opposite, and unfollowed McCain's account instead:
@SenJohnMcCain Let me unfollow... so disappointed in you— Quinta Avance (@Quinta Avance)1512408855.0
@SenJohnMcCain Let me help you *unfollow*— Chris Jacks (@Chris Jacks)1512408862.0
@SenJohnMcCain #unfollowmccain— Tracy V (@Tracy V)1512412297.0
@SenJohnMcCain Unfollowing. Right. Now.— Erica Snow (@Erica Snow)1512413171.0
For, you see, it would appear that lots of people were angered by McCain's decision to vote in favor of the Republican tax bill that, if passed by the conference committee and signed into law by President Trump, will strip the majority of middle and lower-class Americans of their safety net:
@SenJohnMcCain Unfollowed... should have reconsidered that tax scam vote.. 💁🏻— Lacy 🌊 (@Lacy 🌊)1512411124.0
@nuli273 @SenJohnMcCain Sorry, I thought process was important too. At least we ought to type up the lobbyists’ h… https://t.co/EJwsluFd9G— Anthony Majestro (@Anthony Majestro)1512472976.0
@SenJohnMcCain john ... really?— ROSIE (@ROSIE)1512417033.0
@SenJohnMcCain The #TaxBillScam is a disgrace and you’re a disgrace for voting for it.— monique (@monique)1512409922.0
So, after helping pass the horrible #GOPTaxScam bill and voting to take away healthcare from millions of Americans,… https://t.co/iPdauKo54N— Jon Cooper (@Jon Cooper)1512411077.0
@SenJohnMcCain @WSJ Shame on you for ramming down our throats the 2nd most unpopular legislation in 30 years. We do… https://t.co/R0yVqCDkeH— Brother Mark (@Brother Mark)1512490405.0
What makes McCain's vote in favor of the disastrous legislation even more infuriating is that he is stripping cancer patients of their access to treatment by making cuts to the very same program that is paying for his own cancer treatments.
The hypocrisy didn't go unnoticed:
@SenJohnMcCain You've LOST hundreds of followers since you sent this. You will be remembered for the fraud that yo… https://t.co/E6zLOTBEkB— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel Jollett)1512414489.0
Over 5,000 people have unfollowed you since you sent this this two hours ago. One reason is you because you - a ma… https://t.co/0t5TlsQZBB— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel Jollett)1512416063.0
@SenJohnMcCain Who cares about 13 Million people who will lose their insurance or the 1.5 Trillion in give away to… https://t.co/uo4tl5LQXQ— EV Now (@EV Now)1512409920.0
McCain had been popular among liberals as of late, most notably for his epic "thumbs down" no vote for health care repeal over the summer that had many calling him a "hero," as well as his vocal criticisms of President Trump.
But his latest vote seemed, for many, to reveal where his true politics lie. And it isn't with the side of the American people.
So it's not surprising that Twitter users didn't exactly feel like helping McCain out:
#unfollowmccain My reaction to helping John McCain get to 3M followers: https://t.co/l3hmFKYmfp— ✊ RESISTANCE Z🌎NE is the least racist person 🇺🇸 (@✊ RESISTANCE Z🌎NE is the least racist person 🇺🇸)1512421373.0
I’m happy to report that @SenJohnMcCain has lost more than 10,000 followers since I posted the below tweet. Please… https://t.co/RIPsHKr3yy— Jon Cooper (@Jon Cooper)1512421970.0
Perhaps McCain supporters around the world will band together and help him reach his goal despite the backlash, but even if they do, it's probably a moot point. According to twitteraudit.com, only 45% of McCains followers are thought to be real people. That's even worse that Trump's Twitter account, which is followed by 52% real people.
So, have fun with your mostly-bot Twitter fanbase, McCain. Because we're done.
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