This what the Liberals do when their attempts to control social media fail – they pretend that nobody could possibly oppose Trudeau (despite his deep unpopularity).
Following the hashtag #TrudeauMustGo going totally viral in Canada, Liberals are desperately trying to dismiss it.
Even after they tried to counter it with #TrudeauMustStay and #ScheerDesperation, those hashtags fell far short in terms of the number of retweets and reach as #TrudeauMustGo.
As anyone could have easily seen on Twitter, a big part of leading the growth of the hashtag was the National Citizens Coalition, a Canadian group of real, actual human beings:
Even before it had trended, the National Citizens Coalition had an ongoing campaign saying Trudeau Must Go.
— National Citizens Coalition (@NatCitizens) July 16, 2019
But now, some people are trying to claim it was ‘bots’:
According to the National Observer, “The hashtag #TrudeauMustGo soared to the top of Twitter’s trending list in Canada on Tuesday, perhaps giving some observers the impression that Canadians were taking to social media en masse to express their discontent with the prime minister.
But a closer look revealed that much of the activity surrounding the hashtag was actually driven by accounts tweeting at non-human rates, including about two dozen accounts created in the past 48 hours.”
CTV News also reported on it, citing the National Observer report:
— CTV News (@CTVNews) July 18, 2019
In their article, the National Observer says there were “31,600 tweets from 8,185 unique users.”
So, let’s look at that for a moment:
8,185 people tweeted the hashtag, according to the Observer. Out of those 8,185, about two dozen were apparently fake.
Of course, that means the overwhelming majority were real people.
To try and focus on ‘bots’ as the reason for the hashtag trending is absurd, and is quite frankly insulting to the many millions of real Canadians who oppose the PM:
In fact, the Observer even referred to my article about the hashtag, saying “One conservative blog reported that the hashtag is a “clear example of his unpopularity.” But as it turns out, there’s nothing clear about it.”
Except, there actually is.
Trudeau is ‘clearly’ deeply unpopular:
Polls show him to be a very unpopular politician, with a recent Angus Reid survey showing just 32% of Canadians approving of Trudeau, compared to 61% who disapprove.
A recent Ipsos poll also shows just 32% saying the Trudeau Liberals should be re-elected, while 67% want another party to take power.
So, we can repeatedly see that about twice as many Canadians oppose Trudeau than support him.
As a result, it’s no surprise that a hashtag calling for him to ‘go’ would be trending and would have many supporters.
Any attempt to blame the spread of #TrudeauMustGo on ‘bots’ is simply a distraction from the reality of Trudeau’s unpopularity.
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