U.S Senator John McCain done goofed.
On Tuesday, just days after voting in favour of a controversial tax bill that favours the rich, McCain thought it would be a good idea to ask Twitter for more followers.
We're only 74 Twitter followers away from 3M – spread the word & help us reach this big milestone!
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) December 4, 2017
The appeal for just 74 more followers backfired in a big way.
Twitter users were quick to pounce on McCain for his support of the tax bill and the hashtag #UnfollowMcCain started doing the rounds.
McCain tweeted his request just before lunchtime and by mid-afternoon he had lost almost 12,000 followers.
There were plenty of spicy replies, too:
Anyone following John McCain, please stop. He’s excited about almost reaching 3 million followers. Let’s remind him how he screwed us all w his vote & try & make it so he loses, not gains followers! Shame on you!#Resist https://t.co/vLkGtmu0xZ
— Donna M. ☮️❤️?️? (@DMau68) December 4, 2017
He has hurt a lot of people….voting for the TAX SCAM !! That did not bother him !!
— Gwen Richard (@ladygwen400) December 5, 2017
Maybe if you rethink your tax bill vote you'll get more followers… Your vote was so disappointing after all the nice talk about due process
— Nuli (@nuli273) December 5, 2017
Aaaaand on that note, for failing your constituents, the citizens of the United States, your fellow members of Congress, your brothers & sisters in arms, and every cancer patient in America: #UnfollowJohnMcCain
— Grey Hawk (@GreyHawk121) December 4, 2017
Unfollowed… should have reconsidered that tax scam vote.. ??
— Lacy ? (@staygold8512) December 4, 2017
At the peak of the mini protest, McCain lost as many as 20,000 followers. However, he has since bounced back to having 290,000-odd.
WOW!!! Down over 20,000 Followers. pic.twitter.com/tjbBQDieRq
— Rex Tilllerson (@RexTilllerson) December 5, 2017
One user even believes it might have been the work of… the Russians!
But how about we stop demonising Russia over every single thing that happens in America’s screwed up political space?
This is just getting sad. After #UnfollowMcCain worked so well, Russia threw thousands of #Putinbots in get his followers back up. Most are clearly bots, some have actual pictures, but a simple google search for the picture shows these aren't the smartest of Russians. pic.twitter.com/B2bApYoUix
— Timbo Resists (@TimFaulkner_81) December 5, 2017
To find out if a tweet really stinks, we have something known as The Ratio: if the comments far outweigh retweets, you are gonna have a bad time.
If the Replies:RT ratio is greater than 2:1, you done messed up.
— Brian (@Briligerent) March 15, 2017
At the time of writing, McCain’s tweet has 26,000 comments and 1700 retweets. Ouch.
A brief perusal of his timeline indicates that John McCain might be the official senator of The Ratio. https://t.co/kLHJQrCmeS
— Sarah Hudson (@sbhudson108) December 4, 2017