This group of college students are selling Trump’s tweets as NFTs and giving proceeds to charity

Sandra Salathe
Tuesday 04 May 2021 14:56
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It appears former U.S President Donald Trump might actually be doing some good since leaving office.

Well, kind of.

A group of college students are selling many of Trump’s popular tweets as non-fungible tokens, and donating the proceeds to “charities he hates,” such as NAACP and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

We’re not going to lie, we absolutely love that concept. We just wish we thought of it first.

In April, Theodore Horn, Jackie Ni and Jason Yu co-founded the website Drumpfs as part of a company called Strategic Meme Group (SMG). Horn described the company as “Gen Z art and political technology studio trying to shift the political culture of America through our work.”

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The name Drumpf refers to Trump’s ancestral name, which John Oliver highlighted on a 2016 segment of “Last Week Tonight.” So far, Horn said he’s collected roughly 46,000 of Trump’s tweets, raising more than $6,000 for charitable organizations.  

“I’d say we’ve got 99% of them,” Horn told NowThis. “Most of his political tweets are all there.”

After the group started MemePAC in 2020, Horn said SMG was searching for another political technology project, and was inspired to start Drumpfs after Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey sold his first tweet as an NFT for more than $2.9 million in March.

They’ve combined the tweets with neural artwork, to create trippy vignettes of Trump’s chaotic time before and during office.

The way it works is each tweet is chronologically divided into different categories, such as “infamous,” “deleted,” and “flagged” posts. They date back from before Trump was elected president up until his final post before being permanently banned from the platform on Jan. 8 for inciting the Capitol riots.

The customary rate per tweet is .0232 Ethereum, or about $63.28. Tweets priced higher, such as Trump’s final post declaring he wouldn’t be attending Joe Biden’s inauguration, sold for 4.5 Ethereum, or about $12,232.

In addition, each NFT of the tweets includes corresponding graphic art.

Tweets priced higher, such as Trump’s final post declaring he wouldn’t be attending Joe Biden’s inauguration. That particular post sold for 4.5 Ethereum, or about $12,232.

All other tweets are selling for .0232 Ethereum, or about $63.28. Each NFT of the tweets also contains corresponding graphic art.

Horn explained that SMG donates to charities based on the context of the tweet. For example, if a tweet includes the phrases “Kung Flu” or “China Virus,” the profits are donated to Asian American Mental Health Collective. Sales from tweets regarding democracy or the 2020 election will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union. Furthermore, any tweets where Trump rants about “FAKES NEWS,” (and let’s be honest, there were many) those proceeds go to American Journalism Project.

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