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John McAfee, the cybersecurity pioneer and ICO promoter, has announced on Twitter he has decided to run for president of the United States in 2020, past refusals notwithstanding.
In spite of past refusals, I have decided to again run for POTUS in 2020. If asked again by the Libertarian party, I will run with them. If not, I will create my own party. I believe this will best serve the crypto community by providing the ultimate campaign platform for us.
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) June 3, 2018
He said running for President will best serve the crypto community, and he will run for the Libertarian Party if he is asked. McAfee failed in his attempt to win the Libertarian Party’s nomination in 2016.
If the Libertarians choose not to ask him, the man who said that he will “eat my d–k” if the bitcoin price does not reach $1 million by 2020 said that he will start his own party, an idea that gained a lot of support immediately among Twitter followers.
Several tweeters thanked him for his decision and assured him that they will vote for him. Some volunteered to help him. One tweeter created a logo and campaign slogan: “McAfee 2020 For A Secure Future.”
One tweeter suggested he call the new party the “Block Party.” Another donated an “Organic Token,” the equivalent of around $390.85, to his campaign.
Supporters Say McAfee as ‘Better Than Gary Johnson’
McAfee agreed with a tweeter who commented that the Libertarian Party should have run him in 2016 instead of Gary Johnson, the former New Mexico governor.
Several tweeters liked the idea of having a Crypto Party as something to unite them. One commented that even if McAfee doesn’t win, the campaign would bring great publicity to crypto. Another suggested a strong crypto presidential campaign would push bitcoin’s price over $1 million.
Another suggested making the party a global one, not just an American party.
One tweeter said by 2020 a war will be under way between the “banksters” and the crypto community, and there is no other person besides McAfee they would want running for president as he understands the new world order.
He’ll Use His Own Funds
Asked if he would run with his own money or ask the community, McAfee answered he would use his own money.
One tweeter said he would vote for McAfee if he imposes regulations requiring immutable blockchain-based voting protocols.
One of the few detractors suggested McAfee would better serve the public by educating them on cryptocurrencies and financial futures.
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A Failed 2016 Attempt
McAfee in 2015 announced plans to run in the 2016 presidential campaign under a party called the Cyber Party, according to CNN. He said he wanted to run because privacy was under attack and governments worldwide are out of touch. McAfee later told USA Today in December 2015 that he was going to join the Libertarian Party in hopes of winning that party’s presidential nomination.
Former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson eventually secured the Libertarian Party nomination for the 2016 presidential campaign and received 3.3 percent of the popular vote during the general election.