This morning, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) took to Twitter to ask for 74 more followers in order to reach a milestone of three million.
We're only 74 Twitter followers away from 3M – spread the word & help us reach this big milestone!
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) December 4, 2017
Seriously waning in popularity since he voted for the Republican tax bill, Twitter opted to respond by launching a massive unfollow campaign instead.
Since the time of publication, McCain dropped from 2,999,926 to 2,987,408. In other words, since his public plea for more followers, he has hemorrhaged over 10,000 from his account and is losing hundreds more each minute.
Only days ago, McCain voted for the Republican tax measure, which is expected to raise taxes on those making less than $75,000, take away healthcare from 13 million Americans, and increase the national deficit by $1.44 trillion by the year 2027.
“After careful thought and consideration, I have decided to support the Senate tax reform bill. I believe this legislation, though far from perfect, would enhance American competitiveness, boost the economy, and provide long overdue tax relief for middle class families,” McCain said in a released statement Thursday morning. “For months, I have called for a return to regular order, and I am pleased that this important bill was considered through the normal legislative processes, with several hearings and a thorough mark-up in the Senate Finance Committee during which more than 350 amendments were filed and 69 received a vote.”
The 479-page bill was released at 8:30 PM on Friday, and contained crossed-out pages and hand-written amendments in the margins. Only hours later, the Senate was forced to vote on the bill, despite the fact that no Senators had time to actually read the bill that would impact millions of Americans.
That hardly counts as the “regular order” McCain touted in his statement.
UPDATE: Senate Republicans are so desperate to pass their tax bill tonight that they're now making handwritten changes to their already handwritten changes…
— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) December 2, 2017
Okay this is absurd. One page of the new #GOPTaxPlan is crossed out with an ex. Another page is just a line. Is that a crossout? Is this page part of the bill?
WHY AM I ASKING THESE QUESTIONS HOURS BEFORE WE VOTE ON IT?? #GOPTaxScam pic.twitter.com/57Qbi7gT5F
— Senator Bob Menendez (@SenatorMenendez) December 1, 2017
Further adding fuel to the fire is the fact that McCain has brain cancer and, as a Senator, is being treated using his health insurance on the ACA marketplace, which is subsidized by the American taxpayer—all while voting to strip it from 13 million Americans.
The fact that McCain’s priority is getting Twitter followers on the heels of his vote to make regular Americans’ lives more difficult speaks volumes about this prominent Republican and the rest of his abhorrent party.
Over 5,000 people have unfollowed you since you sent this this two hours ago.
One reason is you because you – a man undergoing cancer treatment – voted to strip $25 BILLION dollars from the part of Medicare which pays for CANCER TREATMENT.#unfollowmccain https://t.co/gWl6KsAaLE
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) December 4, 2017
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) December 4, 2017
Yeah, I'm a 'no' on that. You can have all the Twitter followers you want – AFTER you prove that you care more about this country than you do about the corrupt GOP & your stinking donors by voting *NO* on the #GOPTaxScam.
— jessica james (@MontaukBuzz) December 4, 2017
His vote alone would've made it 50/50 giving time to fight/fix whatever,, he's the one who so openly said "No" gaining more trust & support from Dems. He blew it giving his family tax-free $. He also said yes to drilling in the Arctic reserve. #UnfollowMccain
— Suomi_Tyttö (@musiikkia) December 4, 2017
— JustDe⚾❄ (@bobnde79) December 4, 2017
— (((Cool V))) 🖖 🇺🇸 (@cool_v) December 4, 2017
With your vote to destroy the working class through that sham of a tax bill, we have started an "un-follow" campaign just to let you know that you're as unimportant to us as we are to you. If you find your scruples, we may reconsider.#UnfollowMcCain
— Sam I Am (@PolitiSass) December 4, 2017
— Ashley Hayes (@hayesash02907) December 4, 2017