Newt Gingrich's Twitter Scandal

  • Aired:  08/02/11
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Allegations arise that 80% of Newt Gingrich's Twitter followers aren't real, but making up people may be the key to keeping his campaign alive. (3:48)

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Stephen: THANK YOU VERY

MUCH.

[CROWD CHANTING STEPHEN

REPEATEDLY]

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

THANKS SO MUCH, EVERYBODY.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

WELCOME TO THE REPORT.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.

FOLKS, THE 2012 ELECTION IS UPON

US, AND I LOVE A GOOD HORSE

RACE.

I LIKE TO GO WITH THE CANDIDATE

WHO LOOKS LIKE HE'S BEEN GELDED.

[LAUGHTER]

THAT'S WHY I'M SADDLING UP

NEWT GINGRICH.

I REALLY THINK HE'S THE GUY.

AND THOUGH SOME OF THE MEMBERS

OF THE LAME-SCREAM-MEANIA --

[LAUGHTER]

-- HAVE COUNTED HIM OUT, NEWT

KNOWS HE'S GOT SOMETHING THE

OTHER CANDIDATES DON'T.

SAYING, QUOTE:

"I HAVE SIX TIMES AS MANY

TWITTER FOLLOWERS AS ALL THE

OTHER CANDIDATES COMBINED."

[LAUGHTER]

YES, NEWT HAS WON THE COVETED

VOTING BLOC OF BORED PEOPLE AT

WORK.

NEWT'S GOT 1.3 MILLION

FOLLOWERS, WHILE BACHMANN'S HAS

ONLY 66,000, MITT ROMNEY HAS÷FH;÷

63,000, AND RON PAUL HAS "WHAT'S

A TWITTER? IS THIS HOW I EBAY?"

[LAUGHTER]

FORGET POLLS, THIS IS THE MOST

IMPORTANT INDICATOR OF AN

ELECTABLE PRESIDENT.

THAT'S WHY BEFORE NEWT GOT INTO

THE RACE, I WAS THROWING MY

WEIGHT BEHIND PRESIDENT KUTCHER.

[LAUGHTER]

HE ALREADY KNOWS HOW TO PLEASE

OUR NATION'S SENIORS.

MANY[LAUGHTER]

[LAUGHTER]

LOOKING GOOD.

[LAUGHTER]

BUT FOLKS, SCANDAL IS ROCKING

NEWT'S TWEET-O-VERSE.

>> A FORMER STAFFER CLAIMS NEWT

GINGRICH PAID AN AGENCY TO

ARTIFICIALLY PUMP UP HIS TWITTER

FOLLOWERS TO SHOW MORE THAN A

MILLION FOLLOWERS.ñr

>> Stephen: WHAT?

[LAUGHTER]

HIS TWITTER FOLLOWERS AREN'T

REAL?

ARE YOU TELLING ME TODAY'S YOUTH

DON'T FANCY A 68-YEAR-OLD,

SEMI-EMPLOYED, FORMER POLITICIAN

WHO TWEETS SUCH GEMS AS

"HAD GREAT LUNCH AT MABE'S

PIZZA."

[LAUGHTER]

AND "STOPPED IN FOR LUNCH AT THE

PIZZA SHACK."

[LAUGHTER]

HE'S SPEAKING THEIR LANGUAGE,

MAN!

KIDS LOVE HEARIN' ABOUT THE

'GRICH EATIN' 'ZA.

[LAUGHTER]

THE FORMER STAFFER ALLEGES

THAT 80% OF NEWT'S FOLLOWERS ARE

INACTIVE OR DUMMY ACCOUNTS.

OH COME ON.

ARE YOU TRYING TO TELL ME THAT

DEVOTED NEWT FOLLOWER

"AT 41113846806103" IS NOT A

LIVING, BREATHING PERSON WHO

JUST HAPPENS TO HAVE NO PHOTO,

NO PROFILE AND HAS NEVER

TWEETED?

[LAUGHTER]

NOW, NEWT INSISTS HIS TWITTER

FOLLOWERS ARE LEGIT, AND I HAVE

NO REASON TO DOUBT THE WORD OF A

MAN WHO CHEATED ON TWO WIVES.

[LAUGHTER]

BUT LET'S SAY HE DID HIRE A FIRM

TO CREATE HIS TWITTER FOLLOWERS.

WELL, I SAY, MAKING UP FAKE

PEOPLE COULD BE THE KEY TO

KEEPING NEWT'S CAMPAIGN ALIVE.

HE SHOULD MAKE UP SOME FAKE

STAFFERS TO REPLACE THE REAL

ONES WHO QUIT.

[LAUGHTER]

AND HOW ABOUT SOME FAKE DONORS

TO REPLACE ALL THE ONES WHO'VE

ABANDONED HIM?

[LAUGHTER]

MAKE 'EM LOOK REAL RICH.

GIVE 'EM A MONOCLE AND A TOP

HAT.

[LAUGHTER]

AND WHILE HE'S AT IT, HE SHOULD

ALSO CREATE A FAKE NEWT GINGRICH

BECAUSE THE CURRENT ONE'S NOT

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