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Former CIA agent attempts to ban Trump from Twitter

by Kristina Livingston - Executive Manager
Wed, Sep 6th 2017 12:00 am

As much as I'd prefer our president spend more of his time reviewing policy and retaining his job description, rather than tweet aimlessly to spark convoluted conversation, crowdfunding to buy part of a multi-billion dollar social media corporation is just as much a waste of time.

 With a goal of buying out Twitter to ban Donald Trump from access to his account, a former CIA agent named Valerie Plame Wilson would need $1 billion in order to succeed, according to The Washington Post article, "Former CIA Agent Wants to buy Twitter to kick Trump off" by The Associated Press.  

Don't get me wrong - there is nothing I would love more than to have Trump silenced on social media, so that I would never have to read the daily slew of Trump tweet-inspired headlines. But I would much rather start conversing about real, influential news again. 

I'll be blunt: this fundraiser is a waste of time and every dollar pledged is a dollar better spent on supplies meant to keep protestors and those taking direct action warm, or perhaps directly funneled into the bank accounts of those most directly affected by the new administration. 

There are disadvantaged groups hurt by past and present policies, like those of immigrant status, low financial status and transgender Americans, who are becoming greater targets for violence and scrutiny with each passing day.

It's a nice sentiment, silencing Trump in this way; but a fundraiser upwards of $1 billion is neither attainable nor newsworthy. 

So far, Wilson has raised approximately $6,000, according to the aforementioned article on The Washington Post. To clarify, Wilson is not looking to purchase Twitter itself, but rather a large stock. It is probable that when potential donors view the outrageously high fundraising goal, they choose to refresh their Facebook feed instead.

According to abcnews.com article, "Former CIA officer wants to buy Twitter to kick Trump off," others believe the low numbers and success rate can be attributed to other factors. "In an emailed statement, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the low total shows that the American people like the president's use of Twitter."

If enough people enjoy Donald Trump's Twitter presence to merit nonsense like the July 28th tweet deeming transgender citizens unfit for duty in the armed forces, then the issue lies outside of a web browser window.

This was something that seemed to have been the president's attempts to generate negative discussion and increase visibility of the transgender population by the mouths of his followers, until last week, as on August 25th, a request for change in policy was released publicly, according to the Office of the Press Secretary.

Next, we must consider if Wilson's identity as a former CIA agent compromises her message. Personally, I do not see room for overlap between Wilson's government experience and her being on the same page as the rest of us. 

According to the abcnews.com article, Wilson's GoFundMe description includes the sentence, "Trump's tweets "damage the country and put people in harm's way."

Twitter is something Trump uses to spew inspiration for hatred, I'm not denying that. I just do not think that anyone should waste their time with crowdfunding for something that would bring consequence to but one person and have it not lead to an impeachment. If there's no impeachment, then I ain't interested.

It's nothing to do with silencing someone's freedom of speech; to me, removing Donald Trump from Twitter would give us all a nice breath of fresh air, but I think we all know he would find a new platform for his immature, un-presidential antics. 

I know Wilson has nothing but good intentions and perhaps her move to do this fundraiser is nothing but an attempt to get a conversation going much like Trump's Twitter presence, but there is a bigger picture that we should focus on tackling. Perhaps she should contemplate taking up worthwhile advocacy. 

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