Sen. John McCain supports the Republican tax plan, which includes lower rates for households, and a bigger standard deduction and child tax credit.

Sen. John McCain learned just how brutal social media can be today. 

Thousands of people unfollowed Arizona senator on Twitter Monday after the he sent out a tweet asking for more followers.

"We're only 74 Twitter followers away from 3M - spread the word & help us reach this big milestone!" McCain tweeted out at 10:27 a.m. Monday morning from his verified account, @SenJohnMcCain

And the internet did help spread the word, but in the opposite way the senator was hoping for. 

Using the hashtag #UnfollowMcCain, a mass unfollowing ensued. 

Thousands voiced their displeasure of the senator asking for followers and also used the opportunity to speak their mind about McCain's recent support of the tax reform bill. 

"John, earn your followers the normal way, by tweeting meaningful things." @gettinnoticedmo

"Unfollowed... should have reconsidered that tax scam vote." @staygold8512

"You're kidding, right? *THIS* is what you're concerned with?" @madmia2

Needless to say, the senator is even further from his 3 million followers goal.

By 4:30 p.m. on Monday afternoon, about 6 hours after the senator's original tweet, he has lost more than 17,000 followers on Twitter.

Digital Engagement Editor

Mollie Muchna is the Star’s Digital Engagement Editor, leading the newsroom’s online and breaking news teams. She graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in journalism, and since then, has won multiple awards for digital storytelling.