For a so-called President supposedly adverse to “fake news,” it looks like Trump has no problem with fake Twitter followers.
Trump’s Twitter account “says” he has 41 million followers, but if you investigate further, the bulk of these are picture-less accounts created “coincidentally” in May 2017. They bear other notorious characteristics of fake accounts. For instance, the fake accounts supposedly belong to an unusually high number of people from small, non-English speaking nations, and are strikingly similar in their lack of tweets or followers.
It’s clear that Trump thinks everyone is as easily fooled as the dupes who voted to put him in office. An audit of Trump’s account reveals that nearly half of the so-called people who “follow” him are fake.
Even with half of them fake, so-called President Trump’s 31 million followers pales in comparison to Barack Obama’s personal account of 89.2 million, which is why the emotionally stunted Trump may feel the need to pay for followers so he can pretend he’s as loved as his predecessor.
From the size of his inauguration crowd, to his so-called “massive” Electoral Collage so-called “victory,” Trump’s need to be thought of as popular is, frankly… pathetic. One might also think that the Chief Executive of the most powerful nation on Earth would be too busy dealing with the world’s problems, rather than embarrassing himself – and the country he pretends to represent – by revealing how desperately he needs people to think he’s worthy of love.
Newsweek reports, “This isn’t the first time someone has pointed out that a good portion of Trump’s Twitter following is fake, but what’s interesting is that its fakeness seems to be increasing. In January, journalist Yashar Ali ran an audit on Trump’s Twitter account and found that 68 percent of his then-20 million followers were real. Now he’s at 30 million followers, but only 51 percent are real, which means of 10 million followers Trump has gained since January, about 8.3 million are fake.
In April 2016, when Trump was beginning to gain traction as a serious candidate to at least win the Republican presidential nomination, the former reality TV star had a mere 7.58 million followers, only 8 percent of which were fake, according to FiveThirtyEight. It’s not surprising that as Trump’s global profile has skyrocketed in the past 13 months, so too have the number of bots attached to his Twitter account—but it’s astonishing how much the percentage of his followers that are fake has risen.”
Trump’s not the only Republican to pretend he’s more popular than he is. In 2011, Newt Gingrich made a case that he should be Republican president nominee due to his prodigious Twitter following. The only problem is, around 80% of Gingrich’s twitter following was fake.
Trump’s “popularity” is just another example of the smoke and mirrors Republicans employ to keep the dupes voting for their own demise.
Once again, let’s ask ourselves to imagine if it were discovered that President Obama padded his Twitter following with nearly 50% fake accounts? It would be “breaking news” on Fox News while Republicans call for impeachment on the grounds was suffering from a mental disorder causing him to lie about such trivial matters. As we know, Republicans are not expected to be honest… much less, integrity.
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