The former undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson is looking to crowdfund enough money to buy Twitter, so Donald Trump can’t use it.
Wilson’s identity as a CIA operative was leaked by an official in George W Bush’s administration in 2003, in an effort to discredit her husband, Joe Wilson, a former diplomat who criticized Bush’s decision to invade Iraq. She left the agency in 2005. Wilson launched the fundraiser , tweeting: “If @Twitter executives won’t shut down Trump’s violence and hate, then it’s up to us. #BuyTwitter #BanTrump.” Wilson wrote on the fundraiser’s GoFundMe page that she hopes to raise enough money to buy a controlling interest of Twitter stock. If she doesn’t have enough to purchase a majority of shares, she said, she will explore options to buy “a significant stake” and champion the proposal at Twitter’s annual shareholder meeting.
Donald Trump has done a lot of horrible things on Twitter. From emboldening white supremacists to promoting violence against journalists, his tweets damage the country and put people in harm’s way. But threatening actual nuclear war with North Korea takes it to a dangerous new level.
It’s time to shut him down. The bad news is Twitter has ignored growing calls to enforce their own community standards and delete Trump’s account. The good news is we can make that decision for them. Twitter is a publicly traded company. Shares = power. This GoFundMe will fund the purchase of a controlling interest in Twitter. At the current market rate that would require over a billion dollars — but that’s a small price to pay to take away Trump’s most powerful megaphone and prevent a horrific nuclear war.
“If that’s impossible for any reason or if there is a surplus from this campaign, 100 percent of the balance of proceeds will be donated to Global Zero, a nonprofit organization leading the resistance to nuclear war,” Wilson said.
The president is famous for his use of social media to express his personal thoughts. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders called the fundraiser a “ridiculous attempt” to shut down the president’s First Amendment rights. Well, it looks like she’s been pledged nearly $89,000 in just over a month, so she’s still a little shy of that $1 billion goal. Any money left over, mind you, will go to Global Zero, a nonprofit organization leading the resistance to nuclear war. Twitter is currently worth about $12 billion.With Twitter currently valued at around $12billion, and its shares worth $16 each, the $1billion does not seem enough for a controlling stake.Maybe Plame
Wilson would like to take this opportunity to ban herself from Twitter, now that she’s seen firsthand the effect her “doozy” of a mistake has had.