Former undercover CIA Agent Valerie Plame Wilson has launched a $1bn GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign to buy a significant stake in Twitter (NYSE: TWTR) as an effort to delete Donald Trump’s twitter account. Wilson, who was ousted by the Bush administration as retaliation against her diplomat husband Joe Wilson’s public criticisms of the Iraq invasion, has stated that Trump’s tweets “damage the country and put people in harm’s way.”
According to the campaign page, Wilson hopes to raise enough funds to buy a controlling interest in the publicly traded company; however, even if she does reach the $1bn goal, it would take roughly $6bn to close out a majority stake.
Still, a $1bn stake would make Wilson Twitter’s largest shareholder, giving her a front seat position with which to exert major decisions and influence in the company’s overall direction.
The campaign launched last week with Wilson tweeting: “If @Twitter executives won’t shut down Trump’s violence and hate, then it’s up to us. #BuyTwitter #BanTrump.”
— Valerie Plame Wilson (@ValeriePlame) August 18, 2017
As of early Saturday morning, the GoFundMe account had already pulled in donations exceeding $70,000. Though a far cry from the requested $1bn, it speaks volumes to the complete exhaustion felt by American’s in regards to the President’s childish behavior.
On Thursday, the President went on another early morning Twitter rant, criticising congressional GOP leaders and retweeting a meme of himself eclipsing former President Barack Obama.
— Jerry Travone (@JerryTravone) August 24, 2017
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had this to say: “Her ridiculous attempt to shut down his first amendment is the only clear violation and expression of hate and intolerance in this equation.”
Sanders also went on to point out that most American’s appreciate the President’s use of Twitter and the “transparency” that comes with it, although we’re not entirely sure where she’s getting her polling results from.
Twitter declined to comment on both the President’s tweets and Wilson’s fundraising efforts.