Oh, this is just too good.
Business Insider reports that on Monday, Arizona Republican Senator John “Maverick” McCain’s Twitter account put out the following call to boost his social media numbers:
We're only 74 Twitter followers away from 3M – spread the word & help us reach this big milestone!
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) December 4, 2017
Did the Twitter community bite? Er, not exactly:
John McCain tweeted asking for 74 more followers so he can hit 3,000,000 and now he's down 5000. pic.twitter.com/TK2370MxXh
— Jesse McLaren (@McJesse) December 4, 2017
McCain’s tweet seemed to have the opposite effect — he began steadily losing followers. As of this writing, McCain has 2,989,328, a big deficit from the 74 he originally requested.
Twitter users replied to McCain’s tweet, lamenting that he voted in favor of the GOP’s controversial tax bill Friday. Critics alleged that McCain, who stressed the importance of regular order in the Senate, flip-flopped on his position and approved of the bill, which included major revisions during the final hours of negotiation late Friday and early Saturday morning.
“Unfollowed… should have reconsidered that tax scam vote,” one user said.
“Judging by the responses to this thread you’re gonna need more than 74. I just unfollowed you since you voted to throw 98% of Americans under the bus on Friday, but will be happy to follow again if you vote no on the final #GOPTaxScam,” wrote another user.
Amongst lawmakers on Capitol Hill, McCain reportedly ruled Twitter in 2014, with 1.9 million followers, followed by Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey who had around 1.5 million at the time. Since then, Booker has surpassed McCain with 3.56 followers, but trails behind other sitting senators, including Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont with 8.6 million followers.
Gee, who could have guessed that McCain’s years of pandering to liberals and moderates would result in him attracting a fickle audience that would jump ship at the first sign of him doing something actually conservative?
While Business Insider’s report leaves the impression that this mass exodus was mostly due to McCain’s vote to cut taxes, the mix probably included a few disgruntled conservatives taking the opportunity to stick it to him. As TFPP has previously covered, back in September McCain was instrumental in killing GOP efforts to repeal Obamacare, based on the patently absurd rationale that the replacement bills weren’t “bipartisan” enough — despite the fact that McCain spent the better part of a decade promising to repeal Obamacare.
In the final analysis, what should we call this loss of 5,000 followers from John McCain’s Twitter account? A good start.