How this former spy plans to take down Trump on Twitter

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Sarah Biddlecombe
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One of the hallmarks of Trump’s presidency so far has undoubtedly been his propensity to run wild on Twitter.

In the seven months since he was sworn into office, he has used the social media platform to publicly embolden white supremacists, promote violence against journalists and slam his (many) critics, all with a healthy peppering of exclamation marks and spelling mistakes.

Most terrifying of all, however, is his total disregard of the very real danger of nuclear war, and his willingness to gleefully prod at Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, in his tweets.

“Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely,” he tweeted on 11 August. “Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!”

Last month a spokesperson for the Pentagon appeared to dismiss the seriousness of the tweets by saying, “We don’t have guidance. We have a tweet. We don’t execute policy based on a tweet.”

However, many others are fearful that Trump’s use of the platform could lead to nuclear war.

And while the people behind Twitter are unwilling to police his account, one woman has made it her mission to shut him down once and for all.

Valerie Plame, a former CIA operative who now works closely with Global Zero, a movement that aims to eliminate nuclear weapons, is taking matters into her own hands.

The former spy has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise the cash needed to buy a controlling stake in Twitter, giving her the power to persuade the company to act on Trump’s tweets.

“It’s time to shut him down,” the page reads. “As he uses his biggest platform to escalate the crisis, this could all-too-easily spark a military confrontation that goes nuclear.”

The page also carries an ominous warning: “Remember: As commander-in-chief Trump has absolute authority to make good on these threats. The nuclear briefcase follows him everywhere. He can pick up the phone at any moment he can pick and order a nuclear strike. That's why the world takes his words so seriously.”

Plame needs a mere billion dollars to buy an 8% stake in Twitter, which she admits is a “very ambitious goal”, but whether or not the money is raised she hopes the campaign will go some way in raising awareness of the danger of Trump’s tweets.

“The real hope in launching the campaign is to shine a spotlight on how dangerous Trump’s use of Twitter really is,” she told Vanity Fair.

“We don’t have to sit by while Trump uses his enormous global platform to undermine our national security. We would love to be able to actually force Twitter’s hand to live up to its rules, explicitly forbidding hate speech and encouraging violence.”

She added that she wasn’t necessarily looking to kick the President off of Twitter altogether, but rather save the world from the threat of nuclear war.

“I am just objecting to the fact that we could potentially stumble into a nuclear war,” she said. 

“Whatever you think of Trump, I think most people would agree he is impulsive, and we certainly have an impulsive leader in North Korea in Kim Jong-un. That’s an unholy combination.”

The campaign has so far raised $59,481 (approximately £46,365) and if it doesn’t reach its target, all the money will go towards helping Global Zero in its aim to prevent nuclear war. 

We couldn’t think of a more worthy cause.

Images: Rex Features