Is Rudy Giuliani quietly scrubbing top Trump officials and supporters from his Twitter following list?
Rudy Giuliani isn't following Senator Marco Rubio on Twitter any longer. Nor Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. First Lady Melania Trump and Second Lady Karen Pence will also have to tweet knowing Donald Trump's personal attorney won't be reading their tweets. The list is long: Vice President Mike Pence, Betsy DeVos, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, Lara Trump, and pardoned former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort have all lost Rudy as a follower over the past day or two.
Giuliani, accused in the mainstream media and on social media of helping to incite Wednesday's deadly insurrection after he called for "combat justice" in a speech to a MAGA crowd barely hours before the attack by thousands on the U.S. Capitol, apparently spent parts of Friday and Saturday quietly unfollowing about 25 top Trump officials and supporters on Twitter.
The Trump Alert bot (a good bot, not a bad bot) that sends alerts whenever President Donald Trump, his family, and close associates follow or unfollow anyone, reported dozens of unfollows.
RudyGiuliani appears to no longer follow @marcorubio. (This bot cannot tell if this was an unfollow, suspension or block.)— Trump Alert (@Trump Alert)1610226022.0
RudyGiuliani appears to no longer follow @BetsyDeVos. (This bot cannot tell if this was an unfollow, suspension or block.)— Trump Alert (@Trump Alert)1610225118.0
Giuliani appears to have been following 539 people as of early Wednesday, the day of the insurrection. That number was consistent until Friday morning. Currently Giuliani is following 453 people.
A fair number of those unfollows, about 60, appear to have had their accounts suspended, or, like Rush Limbaugh, shut down their Twitter accounts, which would affect the number of people he is following.
Giuliani also started following others, like new Congressman Madison Cawthorn, who has been accused of having an affinity for Adolf Hitler, so that 80+ number is fluid both ways.
RudyGiuliani appears to be following @CawthornforNC. (This bot cannot tell if it was a new follow or the result of… https://t.co/B4mV0UOXGR— Trump Alert (@Trump Alert)1610203514.0
Of course, the real question to all of this is, why?
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