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John McCain’s call for more Twitter followers backfired in spectacular fashion

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.

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:

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.

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?

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.

At the time of writing, McCain’s tweet has 26,000 comments and 1700 retweets. Ouch.

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