After his failed presidential bid in 2008, Arizona Sen. John McCain has been the source of criticism among conservatives for his willingness to buck the Republican agenda on just about every political topic.
So, when McCain asked for 74 more followers on Twitter this week, it was an opportune moment for conservatives to really let him know how they felt.
And it must have been a rude awakening.
We’re only 74 Twitter followers away from 3M – spread the word & help us reach this big milestone!
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) December 4, 2017
At the time he wrote the tweet, the senator had 2,999,926 followers. With 74 more followers, he would make an even 3 million.
However, in a bizarre turn of events, followers began to abandon McCain en masse. In fact, as of Tuesday afternoon, over 17,000 followers had left him. At one point, The Daily Wire reports that McCain was even down over 22,000 followers.
Moreover, the way his followers have responded to the tweet sheds even more light as to why they left. Apparently, many former followers just don’t like him.
Thanks for the reminder to unfollow. Done. I don’t follow traitors to our country.
— followthemoney💰 (@teddismommy) December 4, 2017
Thanks for the reminder. UNFOLLOW
— d.b. (@DBrown99944) December 4, 2017
Even McCain’s liberal supporters began to unfollow him because of his support of the GOP tax bill:
Good luck with that. I just unfollowed you along with others, it seems. You turned your back to the American people you represent and caved to GOP donors. Shameful.
— Paul Leddy (@pleddy) December 5, 2017
After you voted to support the GOP Tax Ripoff of America, I wouldn’t follow you to a Macy’s one-day sale.
Even if I had a coupon.
For 50% off.
— Jatika Manigault (@JatikaSpeaks) December 5, 2017
That’s going to leave a mark.
The backlash continued as Twitter began trending a brand new hashtag: #UnfollowMcCain
So disappointed in you Senator. You sold out your constituents.
— Designgal (@dsgngal) December 5, 2017
— Pass-Through Cool V 🖖 🌊 🇺🇸 (@cool_v) December 4, 2017
While the media absolutely loves McCain for his willingness to go against the Republican party, his flip flops — particularly saving Obamacare twice — have been disastrous for the country. When given the choice to repeal the individual mandate, which he campaigned on, he voted against it.
McCain should have been un-followed a long time ago — not by Twitter users, but by his constituents. McCain has gone against President Donald Trump in almost every aspect, even the “America First” agenda. He has been a thorn in the side of conservatives for quite some time now.
In order to have followers, you have to lead, senator. The American people want leaders who will fight for them and not cave to the liberal media’s agenda.
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H/T The Daily Wire