Republican Senator John McCain from Arizona has really led us on wild a rollercoaster ride of hating him, sort of liking him, and hating him again. It's almost impressive.
The 81-year-old Senator made headlines yesterday when, immediately after voting in favor of a pretty universally hated tax bill, he pleaded with Twitter for more followers.
It was maybe the finest modern example of someone not reading the room correctly, and it backfired on him spectacularly.
Let's take a journey, shall we, through the past few months with John McCain.
via: Getty ImagesWay back in September, John McCain became a temporary hero of the left when he voted against the Graham-Cassidy bill. He was one of the key votes that ensured that the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, would not be repealed.
It seemed like maybe John McCain had gone soft in his old age.
via: Getty ImagesHe's suffered from aggressive brain cancer for many months now, and it seemed as if John McCain finally understood what it was like to need healthcare, to need support. Maybe we'd turned a new leaf with John McCain.
But we were wrong!
via: Getty ImagesHe voted in favor of the GOP's tax bill just a few days ago, which was widely criticized for not only its tax cut for the rich and tax raise for millions of middle-class Americans but also for the rushed and secretive way the massive bill was pushed through.
The tax bill, which overwhelmingly helps the wealthy instead of the middle class, has several other disastrous consequences.
via: Getty ImagesAccording to The New York Times, the bill "would also open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to oil and gas drilling." It's sort of like they were, "We're destroying the American middle-class family. Might as well just get rid of the Earth, too."
So mere days after voting to destroy the world, basically, John McCain thought it'd be a good idea to ask Twitter for more followers because he was this close to 3 million.
We're only 74 Twitter followers away from 3M - spread the word & help us reach this big milestone!— John McCain (@John McCain)1512408433.0
John McCain only needed 74 followers to hit 3 million, but following his vote for the disastrous tax bill, Twitter users weren't going to let that happen.
So, after helping pass the horrible #GOPTaxScam bill and voting to take away healthcare from millions of Americans,… https://t.co/iPdauKo54N— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@Jon Cooper 🇺🇸)1512411077.0
And it totally worked.
Begging for followers is as classy as taking pennies from the poor to give to the rich and screwing with people’s h… https://t.co/4ac3U8Dxlj— Orlando Michael (@Orlando Michael)1512411277.0
It was a beautiful thing to watch.
Over 5,000 people have unfollowed you since you sent this this two hours ago. One reason is you because you - a ma… https://t.co/0t5TlsQZBB— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel Jollett)1512416063.0
The #UnfollowMcCain train kept chugging along.
I’m happy to report that @SenJohnMcCain has lost more than 10,000 followers since I posted the below tweet. Please… https://t.co/RIPsHKr3yy— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@Jon Cooper 🇺🇸)1512421970.0
As the campaign to unfollow John McCain picked up steam, it became more and more delicious.
The pettiness of the #UnfollowMcCain campaign warms my heart. He was 74 followers away from 3 million at 12:27pm. N… https://t.co/OYyOuBgXRu— eve peyser (@eve peyser)1512427959.0