John McAfee, the founder of McAfee Antivirus Software, is now an outspoken crypto enthusiast.
So outspoken in fact, that he took to Twitter on June 3rd to announce a 2020 presidential bid, with the intention to focus his campaign on cryptocurrency.
“In spite of past refusals, I have decided to again run for POTUS in 2020,” McAfee said.
“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.”
McAfee first ran for president in 2016. However, that year, he lost the nomination to eventual Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, the former Governor of New Mexico.
McAfee made note of his failed presidential bid in 2016.
He believes that it would have gone better if he “been more connected with the community in 2016,” because he would have been better able to advertise the idea of “currency independence.”
One token platform has already donated the equivalent of $390.85 to the campaign. McAfee later followed up on his tweet in which he announced his 2020 presidential bid with another tweet.
The second tweet admitted that McAfee doesn’t believe he actually has a chance at winning. However, he is still going to go through with it because the campaign platform will give him an opportunity to tell “the truth” as he sees it.
“Don’t think that I have a chance of winning. I do not. But what truly changes America is not the president, but the process of creating one. If my following is sufficient I get to stand the world’s largest stage and talk to the everyone, as I did last time, to tell the truth.”
Don’t think that I have a chance of winning. I do not. But what truly changes America is not the president, but the process of creating one. If my following is sufficient I get to stand the world’s largest stage and talk to the everyone, as I did last time, to tell the truth.
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) June 4, 2018
As noted, John McAfee is a outspoken crypto enthusiast.
He recently made headlines by announcing the creation of his own crypto-backed fiat currency.
The crypto is redeemable for up to 100 minutes of face time with him.
McAfee also revealed in February that he charges $105,000 per tweet to promote crypto projects.
But John McAfee’s fame, or notoriety, goes back well beyond before he became a prominent crypto enthusiast.
He first made a fortune in the 1990s when he introduced the antivirus program that still bears his name. McAfee would eventually sell the software to Intel.
It is estimated that at one point McAfee was worth $100 million but his wealth is now estimated at $4 million.
Then there was the half-decade he spent living in Central America, carrying on a lifestyle not unlike a James Bond character. This only endeared him with the crypto-friendly libertarian crowd.
Tales of his lifestyle became legendary and reportedly revolved around drugs, sex yoga, guns and prostitutes.
Eventually McAfee came under the scrutiny local police on suspicion of murder of his next door neighbor. To hear him tell it, he was framed by corrupt officials.
This lead to a government raid on his compound and a flight to Guatemala. He would then strike gold a second time by early investing in Bitcoin.
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