Valerie Plame wants to buy Twitter to ban Trump

As President Trump continues to tweet away — energizing his base, attacking the media, affecting companies’ stock performance, threatening Congress, alienating U.S. allies, making spelling purists twitch — Twitter has fielded many a call to ban him.

The latest call comes from former CIA officer Valerie Plame, who has started a GoFundMe account to try to raise $1 billion to buy Twitter for the sole purpose of banning Trump from it.

“Donald Trump has done a lot of horrible things on Twitter,” the intro to the campaign reads. “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.”

Friday, Plame tweeted that “if @Twitter executives won’t shut down Trump’s violence and hate, then it’s up to us. #BuyTwitter #BanTrump.” Her tweet was accompanied by a link to the GoFundMe account, which so far has raised $2,970 from 47 people.

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With all the attention Trump brings to Twitter, its executives have all but said they will never ban him from the platform.

CEO Jack Dorsey said in December that he found Trump’s use of Twitter to be “fascinating” and “complicated.” CFO Anthony Noto got some flak in May for suggesting that the president do a Twitter Q&A.

Last month, Twitter said the president did not violate its terms of service — which prohibit harassment and promoting or inciting violence — when he tweeted a GIF of an old wrestling video showing Trump beating up on someone with a CNN logo for a face.

“Twitter said it considered three factors: the political context of the conversation surrounding the tweet, the various ways it could be interpreted and the lack of details in the tweet itself,” said the CNN article about that CNN digital smackdown.

The GoFundMe page says that because Twitter is a publicly traded company, “shares equal power. This GoFundMe will fund the purchase of a controlling share of 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 the campaign doesn’t raise the $1 billion, or if it does and there’s a surplus, the funds collected would go to Global Zero, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the elimination of nuclear weapons.

It seems like ages since Trump’s tweets about North Korea and the United States’ nuclear arsenal, but they came only a couple of weeks ago. Among other statements both online and offline, Trump tweeted that the U.S. nuclear arsenal is “now far stronger and more powerful than ever before.” North Korea hasn’t forgotten; Monday, it told Australia that its stated support for Trump and the United States is “suicidal.”

“Trump has fully weaponized Twitter: it’s not something that just happens ‘online,’ ” the GoFundMe campaign warns.

Reaction to the effort has been mixed, with some expressing support for the idea and others saying Twitter provides rope with which Trump can hang himself.

It’s not the first time someone has thought of buying Twitter as an anti-Trump measure, by the way. Earlier this year, some peso traders suggested that Mexico should buy Twitter and shut it down as a way to fight Trump’s anti-Mexico tweets.


Photo: Former CIA analyst Valerie Plame testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 16, 2007, before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Plame, a covert CIA officer, was identified by syndicated columnist Robert Novak in 2003 via a Bush administration leak. (Dennis Cook/AP)


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  • omegatalon

    Twitter affords Trump to bypass the media and get to the world directly; but it’s doubtful this scheme will silence Trump as it’s a different world as one can imagine Trump using Instagram postings to get his message through.

  • Guy inSJ

    What is she thinking? Buying TWTR with 1 billion? Is he dreaming right? The TWTR market cap is ~ 11.5 billions …If she can buy with 1 billion, I will pay 1.1 billion …. Get a life!

  • Walking Fool

    Twitter will be out of business in less than 2 years, so there’s no need to buy them.

  • I wouldn’t fund her for a lap dance, much less the suppression of free speech (no matter how stupid that speech is).

  • meowmeow

    Spineless Free Speech hater.

  • mike pearce

    Typical. Free speech for all as long as you say what we tell you to say and think.

  • ancientemplar

    she has foot-in-mouth disease. Just another lib that some people will send money to.

  • rayo

    Keep him on Twitter. Give him more rope.

  • Sal Donovan

    Economics is not her strong suite. She should stick to spying on Americans.

  • Ima Knut

    Ban him on Twitter? That’s the only thing Twitters got going for it.

  • Enzo Cannizzo

    and …to think people still and worked with NITWITS like “007 Valerie” Sure if you worked in Clandestine Services the world is never black nor white. You put your neck out after Farm to dovetail back at your country to suppress speech . Great Job “007 Valerie .

    However, since the nitwits have taken over the insane asylum we are more concerned about Tweeter , Monuments of Long Dead Confederates , while we are challenged day and night with domestic and international issues that we need to focus and are NOT !!! .

    Collusion between Trump /Russia ? What universe is that from is a scrip out of Hollywood that got tossed in the garbage. With the army of our own American Nitwits such as ” 007 Valerie” will do ALL the work for Mr. Putin…Great job “007 Valerie “

  • Margaret Sunshine

    All she will do with what money she does raise is give it to the DNC. They haven’t been very successful recently.

  • Who, When and Where

    You can’t cure stupid and Valerie has plenty of that! Get a life Val……