Bored Bernie Sanders live-tweets the GOP debate, charms the Internet

There’s nothing the Internet loves more than a troll.

And that’s basically what Vermont senator and Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders was Wednesday night during the GOP debate, when he stole the show from the Republicans on stage at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, thanks to some sarcastic live-tweeting.

According to social analytics firm Socialbakers, compared to his average interactions of 36,700 per day over the past month, Sanders received 452,000 interactions on his tweets yesterday alone — including retweets, replies, and favorites. He tweeted 43 times yesterday, nearly 4 times his daily tweet average over the past month. These tweets also resulted in 9,300 new followers for Sanders — 2.5 times more followers he usually gets in a day — propelling his follower count up to over 513,000 followers. Sanders used the hashtag #DebateWithBernie to take on GOP primary leaders including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and businessman and reality TV star Donald Trump, calling them out on “their desire to go to war” and their lack of focus on topics like income inequality and climate change. The hashtag itself accumulated more than 136 million impressions, according to social analytics firm Brandwatch.

As for the Republican candidates, global social intelligence platform Synthesio found that Donald Trump and Jeb Bush generated the most mentions during last night’s debate, with 31.8 percent and 12.9 percent of the total each. Ted Cruz was third, with 9.4 percent of the tweets mentioning him.

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