TL;DR: Headlines all over the world read stunned: Kanye West tweeted his run for President of the United States. Similarly, to less fuss and fanfare, cryptocurrency and blockchain influencer Brock Pierce announced throwing his happy hippie hat in the political ring. Besides their desire to be politicians, the two share a fancy for Bitcoin in contrast to Trump’s visceral hatred.
Kanye West & Brock Pierce Announce Their Runs for President
Lest anyone think Kanye West (Ye) isn’t serious, hours after his now-infamous July 4th, 2020 tweet (which immediately snagged an endorsement from the often Bitcoin-flirting Tesla mogul Elon Musk), Ye followed up with a doubling-down of the 2020VISION hashtag. The rapper and Christian evangelist turned 2020 Presidential candidate previously claimed to be working toward a 2024 campaign, presumably out deference to his friendship with incumbent Donald Trump. That appears to have changed rather dramatically.
As of publication, President Trump hasn’t tweeted a response to Ye’s entrance into the race. Nevertheless, a few hours later, Bitcoin influencer Brock Pierce announced his intentions. “I, Brock Pierce, am running for President of the United States of America,” he tweeted, using the snappy hashtag BROCKTHEVOTE and pointing to a ready-to-go campaign website. It gives Pierce’s background as “an entrepreneur and venture capitalist,” including his involvement with “the Bitcoin Foundation and co-founder of EOS Alliance, Block.one, Blockchain Capital, Tether, and Mastercoin (first ICO).”
West is less-known for a full embrace of Bitcoin, but has made several statements in passing about it being on his mind, most notably during a sprawling interview with media personality Charlamagne tha God two years ago. Both Kanye West and Brock Pierce stand in stark contrast to President Trump, however. Last year about this exact time, Trump unleashed on Bitcoin. “I am not a fan of Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies,” Trump tweeted, “which are not money, and whose value is highly volatile and based on thin air. Unregulated Crypto Assets can facilitate unlawful behavior, including drug trade and other illegal activity….”
More recently, former top-advisor John Bolton claimed Trump ordered his Treasury Secretary to “go after Bitcoin.” Clearly, crypto enthusiasts could use at least a tolerant candidate or voice in mainstream politics. Congressman Justin Amash briefly looked-in to running, but soon dropped out. Andrew Yang, so far, has made the most serious attempt and even addressed cryptocurrency in his platform, but he too fell. Current Libertarian Party nominee, Jo Jorgensen, is said to be crypto-friendly. Time will tell about the respective new candidates’ real chances and intentions, but the 2020 race just became a whole lot more interesting.
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