Controversial computer software pioneer John McAfee on Sunday said he has decided to run for president in 2020 in an effort to serve as a public advocate for the cryptocurrency community.
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“In spite of past refusals, I have decided to again run for POTUS in 2020,” McAfee wrote on Twitter. “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.”
Best known as the founder of McAfee antivirus software, the off-beat tech titan previously ran an unsuccessful bid to represent the Libertarian Party in the 2016 presidential election. The 72-year-old is a prominent advocate for cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin, which has experienced rapid growth in recent years while also demonstrating extreme volatility.
Bitcoin is currently trading around the $7,500 level and made a run towards $20,000 in December 2017, according to Coindesk.
McAfee’s tweet announcing his planned candidacy had received more than 200 retweets and 1,400 likes as of Monday afternoon.
“Don’t think that I have a chance of winning. I do not,” McAfee added. “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 [sic], as I did last time, to tell the truth.”
Aside from his background as a tech entrepreneur, McAfee drew scrutiny in recent years after he was named a person of interest in a murder case in Belize. Though never arrested or charged with a crime, McAfee left the country and relocated to the U.S.
In 2010, Intel purchased McAfee for $7.6 billion. Prior to that, McAfee had reportedly sold the majority of his shares in the mid-90s.