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. But threatening actual nuclear war with North Korea takes it to a dangerous new level.
It’s time to shut him down. The bad news is Twitter has ignored growing calls to enforce their own community standards and delete Trump's account. The good news is we can make that decision for them.
Twitter is a publicly traded company. Shares = power. This GoFundMe will fund the purchase of a controlling interest in 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.
Tweets like this are heard around the world. As he uses his biggest platform to escalate the crisis, this could all-too-easily spark a military confrontation that goes nuclear. John Oliver summed this up perfectly:
"We’ve become accustomed to discounting a large percentage of what comes out of Trump’s face. But North Korea is listening to what he says. And the people there have been primed for decades to believe America is primed for invasion."
And 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.
There’s a real danger that Trump’s tweets could actually start a nuclear war. Let’s delete his account before that happens.
Trump has fully weaponized Twitter: it’s not something that just happens “online.” Time and again his use of this huge global platform has major consequences in the real world. With a single tweet, he can damage international relationships and alliances, spread fake news like a virus, embolden white supremacists to march in the streets, or send stock markets crashing or soaring.
Do we want to find out if his tweets can put nuclear missiles in the air, too?
Trump has already brought us closer to nuclear war than any time since the Cuban Missile Crisis. We can’t take Trump's nukes away (yet!), but we can take away his biggest megaphone and stop him from tweeting armageddon.
Let's #BuyTwitter and delete Trump's account before he starts a nuclear war with it. The whole world will thank us when we do!
If we hit this goal, we’ll use it to become Twitter’s single biggest shareholder and leverage that position to enforce its rules against violent threats, intimidation and hate speech — and shut down Trump for good. If we don’t hit that target but raise a lot of money along the way, we’ll explore options to put forward a strong proposal at the next annual shareholder meeting, use this demonstration of public support to pressure Twitter to take action, and donate 100% of the proceeds to Global Zero, a nonprofit organization leading the resistance to nuclear war.
No matter what, I won't keep a penny of these funds or benefit financially in any way.