We’re embarrassed that it’s gotten to the point where we have to explicitly write this

Ellen K. Pao
Nov 11, 2020


Dear Jack,

We’re embarrassed that it’s gotten to the point where we have to explicitly write this:

Don’t support a coup.

Donald Trump is attempting a coup. And he’s running it through Twitter.

Photo of “Trump’s coup app” projected on Twitter headquarters with an arrow at the Twitter logo
Photo by @AEMarling

Yes, we know you’ve been flagging him, but flagging doesn’t help — it attracts more attention and more engagement. One flagged tweet has almost half a million likes and retweets. How many millions of people saw the tweet and believed it?

Image of flagged Trump tweet that has 394.5k likes, 13.6k quote tweets, and 77.3k retweets

Jack, you said leaders need to be held accountable. Is he still a leader when the election has been called? When his actions put the nation and the president-elect, at risk?

We predicted most of these atrocities — the lies, the harassment, the toxicity, the DENIAL — 15 days ago, and even earlier almost four years ago.

Images of our last two posts

Even leaders of watchdog groups, including Common Cause and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, are calling you out now.

Excerpt from letter to Jack Dorsey from Karen Hobert Flynn, President of Common Cause, and Kristen Clarke, President & Executive Director of Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

He claims victory and his Twitter account continues to spew treasonous lies designed to incite rebellion and overturn a democratic election. If anything, votes were suppressed by the Republicans. All while the rest of the world is celebrating and recognizes our election results. While you have enabled voter misinformation, disinformation about election results, and have been working actively to prevent this outcome.

Do you now want to be responsible for a coup? Do you want to be responsible for the overthrow of 244 years of democracy?

We repeat once again, the decision is yours. Do the right thing.

With diminishing respect,

Laura I. Gómez and Ellen K. Pao



Ellen K. Pao

Co-Founder and CEO of Project Include. Author of Reset. Angel investor.