Trump Jr. accuses Vanity Fair of buying Twitter followers

Trump Jr. accuses Vanity Fair of buying Twitter followers

Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpTrump's son attacks LGBT magazine op-ed that calls effort to decriminalize homosexuality 'racist' Gillibrand uses Trump Jr. tweet to fundraise Trump has publicly criticized Russia probe more than 1,100 times: NY Times 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 John TrumpJustice Department preparing for Mueller report as soon as next week: reports Smollett lawyers declare 'Empire' star innocent Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration 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.


"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.