Computer programmer and businessman John McAfee has said he has no expectations or desire to win the US presidential election of which he is a candidate. Instead, he is running solely to promote permissionless cryptocurrency.
In an interview with Cointelegraph, McAfee said he would be campaigning on a libertarian platform, as he did in the 2016 election. This time around, however, he says the singular purpose of his participation is to promote the concept of cryptocurrencies and their adoption. The pro-cryptocurrency stance that he has adopted comes from a place of encouraging ”personal freedom” through its adoption.
He reportedly seemed assured that there were no hopes for him winning the election, although this did not discourage him from running in the slightest. On the contrary, in fact.
He told a Cointelegraph reporter: ”I don’t want to be president. I couldn’t be… no one’s going to elect me president, please God. However, I’ve got the right to run.”
Plans to increase the size and significance of his platform is apparently all being done in the name of promoting cryptocurrency rather than his personal brand.
”Fiat’s got 5 years”
McAfee stands by his prediction that Bitcoin will hit USD 1 million by the election year 2020, adding that ”in five years’ time, fiat will be on its last legs”.
Foreseeing an exodus from fiat currencies into the digital market, he elaborated on this price prediction, saying that in two years, USD 1 million will not be worth what it is today.
”I will tell the truth”
As reported by Bitcoin News last month, the founder of McAfee Anti Virus shared a similar sentiment as he did earlier this week, saying: ”In truth: the crowd doesn’t want the truth. It is why politicians lie. They cannot win by telling the truth. I don’t want to win POTUS. I just want the stage.”
It is because he has neither an expectation or a desire to win the race that he says he can be the one to speak the truth.
Making a strong claim, McAfee went so far as to describe people as ”slaves to the entire system”, referring to both governments and financial institutions. ”If you want to send Bitcoin, Ethereum or Monero, who do I have to ask? Only the peer… We are creating a permissionless society,” he said.
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