24 August 2017

Donald Trump would be banned from Twitter if GoFundMe campaign succeeds

Former CIA covert agent Valerie Plame Wilson has a crazy plan to silence the Donald.

A FORMER CIA agent who was famously outed from the US spy agency has come up with an unlikely plan to derail the presidency of Donald Trump — and she wants your help.

Valerie Plame was a CIA operative best known for having her true identity publicly leaked during the George W Bush administration. She was portrayed by Naomi Watts when her dramatic story was told in the 2010 film Fair Game, based on her memoir Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House.

Nearly a decade on, the 54-year-old former spook still has the White House on her mind — and she has taken aim against its famous occupant.

Her plan is audacious as it is unlikely.

Ms Plame has started a GoFundMe page in a bid to raise money to buy a controlling stake in Twitter, at which point she would ban the US president from his favourite way to communicate with the world.

“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,” she wrote on the campaign’s page.

“But threatening actual nuclear war with North Korea takes it to a dangerous new level.”

President Trump’s unorthodox use of social media (which he calls modern day presidential) has certainly worried some US government official who claim his erratic and seemingly ill thought out tweets could increase tensions among both allies and foes.

“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,” Ms Plame wrote. “The good news is we can make that decision for them.”

Valerie Plame and her husband former ambassador Joseph Wilson at the White House in 2006.

Valerie Plame and her husband former ambassador Joseph Wilson at the White House in 2006.Source:AFP

Twitter is currently valued at nearly $US12 billion ($A15.2 billion) and the incredibly ambitious goal of the crowd-funding page is to raise a cool $US1 billion.

“Twitter is a publicly traded company. Shares = power. This GoFundMe will fund the purchase of a controlling interest in Twitter,” the campaign page states. “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.”

In the seven days since the campaign was launched, at the time of writing it has raised $26,529 of its $1 billion goal. So Mr Trump currently doesn’t have much to worry about.

Twitter, which has banned a number of far right accounts, has previously defended Donald Trump’s use of the platform.

Back in May the company’s CEO Jack Dorsey said it was important for people to “hear directly from our leadership.”

But Ms Plame clearly disagrees.

“If Twitter executives won’t shut down Trump’s violence and hate, then it’s up to us,” she says.

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