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DOI: 10.31921/doxacom
Pre-print #33, July-December 2021


Rubén Ramos Antón Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, España
Title The Covid-19 crisis as a political opportunity. Santiago Abascal’s use of Twitter during the State of Alarm in Spain (March 14 – June 20, 2020) Summary Far-right political groups are characterized by their attempts to take advantage of moments of crisis to get their messages across to society. Parties of this type use social networks as loudspeakers for their proposals and as a place to recruit supporters, thus avoiding the traditional media. In Spain, the first State of Alarm (between March 14 and June 20, 2020), caused by covid-19, was an opportunity for Vox and Santiago Abascal to expand on their criticism of the government and present themselves as a political alternative. Using quantitative and qualitative methodologies, this study assesses how the Twitter activity of Santiago Abascal's official profile has managed to get his message across and gain more followers. To this end, the effect produced by the messages published on Santiago Abascal's profile during the state of alarm in Spain has been analysed, comparing it with that of the other Spanish political leaders. The results show that Santiago Abascal's followers are the most active in interacting with the messages published on his profile, far more than other political leaders. Keywords Vox; coronavirus; covid-19; Twitter; Santiago Abascal.

Edita: Universidad CEU San Pablo

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