Trump Now Most-Followed Current World Leader On Twitter (But More Than Twice As Many Follow Obama)

Politico reports:

President Donald Trump bested Pope Francis and took the top slot this weekend among current world leaders on his favorite method of communication: Twitter.

The @realDonaldTrump personal account crossed 39.7 million followers to overtake the nine different language accounts that the pope uses, making the president the most-followed world leader, according to measurements kept by public relations firm Burson-Marsteller.

Pope Francis, with 39.5 million followers at the time that Burson-Marsteller crunched the numbers, fell to second behind Trump when adding up the papal accounts that send the same messages in Spanish, English, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Franch, Latin, German and Arabic.

In third place is Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with 34.9 million followers. As of today @BarackObama has 95.6 million followers.

  • David Milley

    And when we discount for Russian twitterbots?

    • Todd Allis

      And those who dislike him but follow him just to keep track of his antics?

      • David Milley

        Heh. I refuse to follow the Moron-in-Chief — his stupidity gets retweeted or commented upon enough that I can stay up-to-date.

        • Todd Allis

          I wouldn’t follow him out of a burning building.

          • RaygunsGoZap

            I would! I’d maneuver in front of him and sloooooooow dowwwwwwn or pull down behind me anything I could reach

          • Todd Allis

            I would figure he was probably going the wrong way and find a real way out.

          • RaygunsGoZap

            D’oh! I shoulda known better

        • kelven

          Exactly, it’s impossible to avoid them.

        • DonnaLee

          That’s me as well, I refuse to be ‘counted’ as one of his followers.

      • Jim Maloney

        The same that gawk at accidents.

      • Uncle Mark

        He’s a modern day FREAK SHOW

      • CanuckDon

        And you can pretty well be assured that Obama doesn’t have followers who dislike him.

        • David Walker

          To paraphrase a Warner Bros cartoon line, “He don’t know the US vewy well, do he?” Of course they follow him…just to, you know, keep their hate-o-meter pinging.

      • DreadPikathulhu

        I follow @UnfollowTrump and @RealPresSecBot which frequently have amusing replies without the shit gibbon’s Russian bot patrol joining in.

      • Southeast PDXer

        Actually, I don’t follow him. But I created a list called “Morons and Liars” and added him, Junior, and a couple others. That way they’re on a list that I can look at, but I don’t have to follow them or see them in my feed. Because I’d set fire to my laptop if I had to watch them constantly.

    • Publius

      You have a good point. It’s actually a thing that a sizable number of his followers come from bots.

      http://money.cnn.com/2017/06/17/technology/trump-social-media-followers/index.html
      http://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-twitter-followers-fake-617873

    • Jeffrey

      Yes and every media outlet in the world has to follow him. It’s not indicitive of anything positive. I’m sure if Satan were on twitter he’d get at least as many.

  • Tawreos

    Once you remove the Russian bots the number falls to 147,987

    • David Milley

      Jinx! Great minds …

    • Gene Perry

      And, once you remove FOX News employees …

  • The_Wretched

    I’m sure half of them are out of concern for what he’ll tweet next (like a war with NK or that the US is invading and conquering PR).

  • PickyPecker
    • kareemachan

      Oh boy, I’d HATE to have that look directed at me.

      Heart you, Michelle…. and I hope it burns him that I do not have the slightest clue who the asshat behind her is.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      This is pretty cool…made me think of you lol

      https://twitter.com/religiousfrt/status/915535226675372032

      • Cattleya1

        What language is that?

        • Vidrax

          That’s Turkish.

        • Ragnar Lothbrok

          Foreign -:)

    • netxtown

      oh hell yes. she done gave him the look. and biden – won’t even look at him….

      • lymis

        Oh, Biden looked at him. But in this shot, he appears to see if something unsavory has ended up on his shoes as a result.

    • Daveed_WOW

      Who is the mourning grandmother in the background? “Flowers for the dead”!

    • Tomcat

      I wonder if secret service has orders to keep her away from trump now.

    • prixator
  • David

    A very large percentage of those Dotard “followers” are actually Russian Bots.

    Regardless of what the news people say, the Kremlin loves thier little orange pet. Czar Vladimir needs him.

    Never forget…EVERYTHING Dotard says and does and EVERYTHING that come out of Trumplandia is a LIE and a FRAUD.

  • Jim Maloney

    This is funny because of the likely ‘fake-ness’ of a good portion of it.

  • Lazycrockett
  • 5moreminutes*imtired

    Bots bots and more bots.

  • Treant

    Half bots. 25% keeping their eyes on him because the fucker’s dangerous. 25% actual followers.

  • JWC

    The absolute sick fact to take from this are the words in this blurb that Donny would be attracted to “bested” “Overtake’ “most followed ” The subject would be of no consequence just any word of a positive spin would stand out

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    And what percentage of those followers are doing it for the freak show quality?

  • kareemachan

    Considering the fact that I don’t tweet – PERIOD – I don’t have a fuck to give about the shitgibbon.

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

    I Svetlana. I follow Leader Trump for ruble, extra ruble for retweet.

  • barrixines
    • The_Wretched

      Steel Friends

      ROBOTS
      And in a deadly fight we will engage
      Destroying the entire world of suppression
      To its foundation, and then
      We our, new world will construct
      Who was no one, will now be now be leader

  • Uncle Mark

    Of course he is. Most people like to stay up-to-date on the status of natural disasters affecting the world

    • Tomcat

      So now twitter is considered a reliable news source,,, I don’t think so.

      • Uncle Mark

        I NEVER said that Twitler was a reliable news source. (ADDED): He IS the natural disaster

        • Tomcat

          Strangely that is how your comment reads.

          • The_Wretched

            It read to me like Uncle Mark was comparing Trump to a natural disaster.

          • Tomcat

            Whatever!!!!!

    • Adam King

      They also like to see what idiotic bullshit he says next.

  • Tomcat

    ANYONE that follows trump is a bigger moron than he is.

  • boobert

    Size matters, when your compensating for other shortages.

  • worstcultever

    OT – The greed zombies never stop coming for everyone and everything – we know this. They’ve destroyed manufacturing, healthcare, pensions, etc. – literally anywhere they smell money, they will find a way to steal it.

    At this point I consider myself pretty unshockable – but the article below is without question THE most shocking thing I have ever read. It’s a somewhat long read, but PLEASE make a point of reading it. You will be utterly flabbergasted.

    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/10/09/how-the-elderly-lose-their-rights

    • The_Wretched

      Be very careful to whom you give a power of attorney.

    • ETownCanuck

      OMG you’re right, that was terrifying.

  • Tawreos

    Well, at least he’ll have something to tell the victims of Las Vegas that will cheer them up after the week they have had so far.

    • Tomcat

      He will probably compare it to the ballfield shooting of Scalia.

  • Tomcat

    Trump followers are enablers. Helping him get off daily. Enjoy the feeling.

  • Joe

    Katy Perry and Justin Bieber have the most followers so what is the point exactly.
    It’s like High School.

    • Daveed_WOW

      Checks out. Perry and Bieber are recent High School graduates. I have 13 fabulous followers.

  • safari

    There’s a presser right now about the current state of the Congressional investigation into Russian tampering.

    • Treant

      Can’t speak on that… Waiting for the results… Investigation is going well… Results will be reported as soon as….

      How close am I?

      • safari
        • Treant

          So pretty close. 🙂

          Yeah, I don’t expect Congress to actually get anything done on this issue; they’d have to prosecute half their own members.

      • TimCA

        Burr also stated ” the scope of the investigation has expanded greatly”

        • safari
        • Treant

          “…because many Democrats seem to be implicated, including Hillary Clinton…”

          • TimCA

            I’m not so sure that will be coming from Burr. He’s not abject scum (unlike Grassley, as just one example).

        • Adam King

          They’re looking for evidence that Hillary forced Trump to collude.

    • Tomcat

      Once again they can say 100% that the outcome of the election was not influenced by the COLLUSION.

      • Tomcat

        In other words it is ALL a bullshit dog and pony show to protect GOP.

    • Ross

      I have zero confidence that the Congressional investigations will amount to anything.

      I remain cautiously optimistic that Mueller will destroy Trump & Others.

      • Tomcat

        Mueller is our only hope so we have to hang onto that.

    • Tomcat

      No vote counts were changed,,, and we know that because,,, we refused to allow any investigation or recount of the vote counts.

  • MikeBx2

    I would never follow Donald Trump in any sense of the word.

    • Daveed_WOW

      Me too. I don’t want to be blocked by him. I can’t take any more pain from that man.

      • Uncle Mark

        I’ve been trying to get blocked by him. When I am most outraged by the shitgibbon, I vent on his Twitler feed. If/When I get blocked, I’ll wear it as a badge of honor.

        I still crack up at the knowledge of a beautiful model getting blocked by him by just replying with a quote of his followed by “LOLOLOL !!” Man-Baby clearly HATES being criticized or laughed at by beautiful women. (It must happen often.)

    • netxtown

      I would follow – expeditiously – as long as it was a chase and a cliff was up ahead…..

  • Max_1

    KNow that at least half of Trump’s followers are Russian bots…

  • boobert

    He’s being stroked ! russians, bots, multiple accounts, etc.

  • Tomcat

    I wish Mueller would tweet (I am coming to get you Trump).

  • joe ho

    Melanoma covers head when visiting pope. Refuses to cover head in Saudi Arabia claiming to further women’s rights.

    • Treant

      Wore hat yesterday during discussion, thoroughly dissing the people of PR.

    • Adam King

      Too bad you can’t use silicone to enlarge a brain.

  • barrixines
    • Treant

      Trump isn’t R. U. R. He’s just a F. K. R.

      • Phillip in L.A.

        The word “robot” was first used in the play R.U.R., written in Czech, by Karel Čapek, in 1920. [Rossumovi Univerzální Roboti (Rossum’s Universal Robots)]

    • The_Wretched

      I don’t need my russian friend to translate that one.

  • Max_1
    • Treant

      “We’ll close it once we’ve bribed or gotten rid of Mueller,” Burr added to himself.

      Burr’s a lifelong republican and kind of a hack. I don’t expect anything from him.

      • TimCA

        I think a little higher of Burr than many of the others. He’s no Chuck Grassley or Devon Nunes

        • Treant

          It would be hard to descend to that level. I think of him as more of a Nixon; just as dishonest, but not stupid.

    • Tomcat

      But collusion on both sides???????? Give me a break.

  • ETownCanuck

    I’m tempted to create one JUST to follow Obama.

  • Gigi

    Most world leaders are leading and don’t have time to get into Twitter wars so, there’s that. It probably burns Trump’s ass that Obama has twice as many followers as him so, that makes me 😃!!

  • Tomcat

    If you people out there on Facebook really want to know how many FRIENDS you have, ask them for some money. Answer will come real quick.

    • Phillip in L.A.

      Or, for even more fun, tell them you just acquired a disability!

  • MBear

    If that’s a thing it shouldnt be

  • kelven

    Ugh, get ready for the smug ego tweet. Actually, don’t be surprised if he brings this up at his Vegas event. “Ya know, we had a pretty bad thing here in Vegas, but hey, have you seen I’m the most popular world leader eva! MAGA!”

    • Bluto

      Yup. I’m also waiting for him to call the pope a low energy loser. sad.
      (don’t interpret this as support for the vatican twat in charge)

  • Leo

    Fiscal responsibility! Budge out of whack! Obummer off the golf course! https://twitter.com/yoyoha/status/915264138615705600

  • Talisman

    Too bad 90% of those followers are Russian bots.

  • Mike

    Customers at the freak show, plus sock puppets to inflate the numbers.

    • -M-

      Plus Russian and ‘alt-right’ troll networks.

  • safari

    Donald is in Vegas at the moment. I suspect he’ll start throwing out bullets and bandaids.

    • Tomcat

      Why won’t that damn plane go down. It should be more like Melania.

    • JWC

      and telling them to have a great day

    • Ken M

      Kleenex and silencers. Oh, and smoke alarm batteries.

  • safari
    • Tomcat

      Yeah, that is usually the kiss of death from the godfather or GOP.

    • Adam King

      Lying.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Uh oh, it’s the dreaded “he remains confident” quote…Tillerson’s days are numbered.

      • lymis

        In the single digits.

      • Danieruw

        Is it still a cabinet if it has zero members?

        • Jean-Marc in Canada

          I think it becomes a decorative credenza at that point.

    • The_Wretched

      “The White House says President Trump remains confident in”
      That’s their code phrase for WH-HR to start the paper work.

    • Treant

      So…Friday?

  • bambinoitaliano
  • shellback

    I’m guessing it’s “laughingstock” value. Who doesn’t like a good laugh when they’re running for a bomb shelter.

  • Michael R
  • Leo
    • lymis

      The scary thing is that, aside from the dress, how much that actually looks like his mother. Including the scowl.

  • edrex

    i’m guessing that trump’s twitter followers are about 45 % russian bots, 35% people who want to laugh at the dotard, 10% members of the press who are obligated to know the effluvia he emits, 8% true believer fucktards, 1% accidental, and kim jong un.

  • Lazycrockett
    • Treant

      Pleading the Fifth shouldn’t take more than ten minutes of Zuck’s time.

  • MikeBx2
    • Tomcat

      Well hell, he pretty much told us today he is done and now just waiting for a good time to put the report out.

    • Treant

      Which isn’t sufficient time to do a decent job since he has plenty of other things on his plate. Well, for real-world definitions of decent. It doesn’t take much effort to say, “Both sides did it, it cancels out. Nyah.”

  • Lars Littlefield

    I wouldn’t follow this asshole to the pearly gates. Losers.

    • Tomcat

      Not much chance of him going there, he would have better luck fucking a camel through the eye of a needle. Or something like that. I read it in a very old mythology manual.

      • lymis

        Not the least because even camels have better taste.

  • Blake J Butler

    To be fair, follow doesn’t constitute as they “like” baby huey, but follow him to call out his regular bullshit. More probably do that and then you think, and then you have to remove the ghost bots from eastern europe.

    Obama is well, simply because he is loved and respected at home and abroad, so it is not surprising as to why he picks up followers because well, he is a voice of reason in a climate of insanity.

  • Lazycrockett
    • Leo

      O_O

    • The_Wretched

      Maybe kelly was telling donny to keep rexxy around and donny got grumpies at them both. Hence the WH PR office’s support for rexxy comment and kelly booted from his presence.

    • Tomcat

      If Kelly is smart, he will pack up and go home while trump is gone and send him a tweet that says hey MORON I quit.

    • sdnative1958
      • Treant

        IC. But how true is that? Can anybody verify?

        • Tomcat

          Apparently the administration is like religion, YOU HAVE TO HAVE FAITH. Fuck that.

      • The_Wretched

        Press Sec SHS? Dissembling wearer of re purposed fabrics SHS?

    • Leo
      • sdnative1958

        How do they get bulletproof presidential limo’s to airports wherever AirForce 1 travels? Always wondered about that…

        • Lazycrockett

          They have a whole fleet of cars and aircraft that arrive a couple of days before A Presidents arrival.

          • sdnative1958

            Thanky – that would make sense.

        • Bluto

          The prez travels with Air Force 1, a backup 747, 2-4 beast limos, 8-10 SUV’s, assault vehicle, ambulance, communications vehicle, helicopters (plural), assault team, medical team, security detail, communications detail, executive staff, media, guests, support staff & numerous C-17 cargo planes to transport all this.
          It ain’t cheap but this has become common for presidental travel. Of course for Obama it was a yooge bigly fascist commie dictator waste of tax dollars.

          http://www.politicaldog101.com/2012/06/22/when-presidents-travel/

          • Ken M

            Is England still “delaying” his visit? No Golden Carriage for you…fucking loser.

          • Bluto

            I guess so. Personally I would love to see the warm reception he would receive.

        • Halou

          My best guess is that the limo is inside AF1, they land, take it out, drive it around, then the precedent departs the plane.

        • Phillip in L.A.

          I believe the limo(s) are actually carried in the belly of Air Force One, iirc

    • Uncle Mark

      I’m always leary whenever Kelly is not around the Fucking Moron. I’ve always thought of Kelly as being the emergency OFF switch should Twitler be on the verge of doing something truly disastrous.

  • Rex

    Don’t follow – but believe me, I see enough of his moronic tweets anyway.

  • lymis

    “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer” might apply.

    So might the idea that while you can reasonably ignore the people in power who you trust to do the right thing, you better watch the untrustworthy like a hawk.

    So might the idea that a significant percentage of his followers are following him, not because they like or approve of him, but precisely because they don’t. It’s like the anti-gay or racist groups assuming that everyone who subscribes to their newsletters is a support – when it’s often just the most effective way for reporters and watchdog groups to see what they’re up to.

    And never discount the people who are simply enjoying watching the train wreck. People watch reality TV, too, but not because they want to be the people they see on the shows.

    They’re laughing at you Donnie. Never forget it.

  • Dave F.

    Mostly out of morbid curiosity as to what fucked up thing 45 will say next.

  • HZ81

    Wow, you know he’s jizzing orange into his mismatched slacks right now.

  • Leo

    See…just as I suspected. Grassley and Graham’s discrediting is working.

    The dossier is the lynchpin. Imho the Senate Intel Investigation’s effectively over.

    It’s all down to Mueller and Schneiderman. Debate amongst yourselves.
    https://twitter.com/USATODAY/status/915621798284111872

    • The_Wretched

      Talk about a strange goal mark. The Steele dossier has held up well but there’s no need to find evidence for 100% of all of the items. The various items are independent items. If you have a list of a criminal doing 1. robbery of a bank 2. assault of 3 people on a beach and 3. grand theft auto in Barbados; you don’t have to prove any one of them to convict on either or both of the other two.

    • Treant

      Toldja. Burr’s no better than the rest of them.

    • Halou

      Have they met with Mr Steele yet, like they said they were going to? Of course the investigation is going to come to a halt when the people running it decide not to move.

  • Dagoril

    Oh god, don’t tell him that.

    • motordog

      Oh, let the baby have his bottle. Maybe if he’s distracted and in a good mood he won’t declare war on anyone for a few days. /s

  • Lizard

    Is that counting the bots?

  • TampaZeke

    There was a report a few months back that a large percentage of his Twitter followers were fake.

  • bambinoitaliano
  • Avenger280

    Of course he would be most followed! He is Donald J Trump -Millionaire! He owns a mansion and a yacht! And hotels and golf courses! He is the beloved glorious golden-hued President of the United States! Benevolent Dotard of Nambia! FOLLOW ME BOTS!!!!!

    • Phillip in L.A.

      Do you mean ‘Zimbabwe’?–if u r referencing everyone’s favourite nonagenarian non-benevolent embezzling dotard, who is also the nominal President of a Nation-State

  • Halou

    How many of them are real, and how many are paid for bots?

  • Jeffrey
  • pj

    world leader? hardly.

  • Gianni

    Someone needs to shove it under Donnie’s nose that he has a long way to go before he catches up to Obama’s numbers. Let’s help his gasket blow.

  • Wayne W

    I’m pretty sure he meets nobody’s definition of “World Leader”