Donald Trump Jr. accused Vanity Fair on Friday of purchasing some of the site’s more than 4 million Twitter followers after the magazine reported that Trump Jr. was worried his father, President Trump, has trouble sleeping.
In a tweet, the president’s eldest son attacked the news magazine as “sad” and “irrelevant,” while urging Vanity Fair reporters to “keep making crap up” about him and his father’s administration.
“What a joke, you think I worry my father isn’t sleeping? I have never and will never worry about that. Keep making crap up,” Trump Jr. tweeted.
He went on to accuse the magazine of purchasing Twitter followers, arguing that low engagement numbers on recent posts suggested that some of Vanity Fair’s followers are fake.
“Oh, VF with 4.8m “followers” how do you average less than 20 RTs for your last 20 or so posts? BUYING FOLLOWERS MUCH? SAD, PATHETIC, & IRRELEVANT!” he added.
What a joke, you think I worry my father isn’t sleeping? I have never and will never worry about that. Keep making crap up.
Oh, VF with 4.8m “followers” how do you average less than 20 RTs for your last 20 or so posts? BUYING FOLLOWERS MUCH? SAD, PATHETIC, & IRRELEVANT!
Ivanka Trump is worried about impeachment. Don Jr. has told people he’s worried Trump isn’t sleeping. And the White House is apparently no closer to identifying the New York Times leaker. http://vntyfr.com/2IVcAlN
Trump Jr. offered no evidence for the alleged purchase of fake followers other than low interaction rates on the Twitter account’s posts. The post that Trump Jr. shared was retweeted by other users more than 700 times.
Vanity Fair representatives did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill on Trump Jr.’s accusation.
The president and his allies, including his son, have frequently attacked the news media over damaging news stories which Trump often derides as “fake news.”
Last month, Trump Jr. made headlines when he shared a doctored image purporting to be a screenshot of CNN broadcast that erroneously showed his father with a 50 percent approval rating in a Gallup poll.
BY JOHN BOWDEN – 09/14/18