We took a look at GOP Congressman @DrPaulGosar's followers, and discovered that on two occasions he received surges in followers that tweet in languages other than English: first Chinese, and later Portuguese.

cc: @ZellaQuixote
When did @DrPaulGosar pick up these followers? The Chinese-language accounts mostly followed him in late March and early April 2020, with the Portuguese-language accounts showing up in mid-November 2020 (shortly after the U.S. presidential election).
The Chinese-language accounts following @DrPaulGosar link a variety of right-wing news sources, including Steve Bannon/Gui Wengui project GNews, Fox News, Epoch Times, and ZeroHedge.
Although @DrPaulGosar's Chinese-language followers mostly retweet other Chinese-language accounts, they retweet a few English accounts as well, including @SecPompeo, @RudyGiuliani, and COVID conspiracist (and frequent guest on Steve Bannon's War Room show) @DrLiMengYAN1.
Who do @DrPaulGosar's Portuguese-language followers amplify? Right-wing Brazilian president @JairBolsonaro and three of his family members are the accounts they retweet most often. (We're not familiar with the websites this group links, but most appear to be Brazilian.)

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cc: @ZellaQuixote
Most of DrunkAlexJones' Parler followers joined Parler at one of three points in time:

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cc: @ZellaQuixote
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cc: @ZellaQuixote
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cc: @ZellaQuixote
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