What better way to ban President Trump from Twitter than to buy it yourself? At least that’s the plan proposed by Valerie Plame Wilson, whom Americans may remember as the outed CIA operative whose identity was uncovered thanks to a leak during the George W. Bush administration.
According to USA Today, Wilson has now started a GoFundMe page to “buy a controlling interest in Twitter, in order to delete the president’s account.” Twitter is currently valued at $12 billon with shares going for $16. Her goal: $1 billion.
“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,” Wilson wrote on the campaign’s page “But threatening actual nuclear war with North Korea takes it to a dangerous new level.”
“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,” Plame wrote.
The campaign launched on August 16 and has only raised $3,000.
Should she not meet the goal, then plan B is to buy a “significant stake” to push the proposal at the annual stakeholder’s meeting. The tweet Wilson took most issue with is below:
“Tweets like this are heard around the world,” Wilson said. “As he uses his biggest platform to escalate the crisis, this could all-too-easily spark a military confrontation that goes nuclear.”
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has expressly stated he will not ban the president because it was important for people to “hear directly from our leadership.” Banning him, according to some experts, would wipe out $2 billion of Twitter’s market value.