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Trump Jr. accuses Vanity Fair of buying Twitter followers

Trump Jr. accuses Vanity Fair of buying Twitter followers

Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpBook claims Trump family members were 'inappropriately' close with Secret Service agents Trump Jr. shares edited video showing father knocking Biden down with golf ball Trump: 'I can't imagine' any Republican would beat me in 2024 primary if I run MORE 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 TrumpDonald TrumpGOP-led Maricopa County board decries election recount a 'sham' Analysis: Arpaio immigration patrol lawsuit to cost Arizona county at least 2 million Conservatives launch 'anti-cancel culture' advocacy organization MORE, 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.

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"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.

Trump Jr. offered no evidence that Vanity Fair purchased fake followers other than low interaction rates on the 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 sons, 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.