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Trump Vows to Make U.S. Leader in Crypto, Pardon Silk Road Founder if Re-Elected

by News Desk

2024 May 27th


Former President Donald Trump has emphatically stated that the United States should strive to be the global leader in the cryptocurrency industry. His remarks came in a May 25 post on Truth Social, the social media platform owned by Trump Media and Technology Group.

“Our country must be the leader in the field, there is no second place,” Trump asserted. He expressed strong support for cryptocurrency companies and the growing digital assets sector. His comments also took a sharp turn towards the political, criticizing current President Joe Biden ahead of the 2024 presidential race. Trump accused Biden of wanting to stifle the cryptocurrency industry, promising that under his leadership, such a decline would not occur.


Trump’s statements were made just before his scheduled speech at the Libertarian Party’s National Convention in Washington on the same day, according to Cointelegraph. His positive outlook on cryptocurrency has raised hopes within the industry of a potential Trump victory in the upcoming election.


According to Polymarket, a New York-based crypto prediction platform, Trump has a 56% chance of winning the election, while Biden holds a 38% chance. This favorable prediction for Trump follows his campaign’s announcement on May 21 that it would accept cryptocurrency donations. The Trump 2024 campaign launched a fundraising page allowing eligible individuals to donate using various cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Ether, Dogecoin, and others.


Trump’s embrace of digital assets marks a major shift from his previous stance. During his presidency, he had been critical of Bitcoin, calling it a scam. However, his recent actions and statements suggest a newfound support for the crypto community. He even hosted a dinner at his Mar-a-Lago residence for those who purchased his “Mugshot” non-fungible tokens (NFTs), part of a series of digital trading cards.

Trump to Offer Silk Road Founder Pardon


Moreover, Trump has pledged to pardon Ross Ulbricht, the founder of Silk Road, if re-elected. Ulbricht, who created the first modern darknet market with a payment system based on Bitcoin, was convicted in 2015 and is serving two life terms plus forty years without the possibility of parole. At the Libertarian Party’s National Convention, Trump vowed to commute Ulbricht’s sentence, highlighting his commitment to the cryptocurrency cause.


Trump also promised to ensure that the future of cryptocurrency remains firmly rooted in the United States. He pledged to support the right to self-custody for the nation’s 50 million crypto holders and protect them from regulatory overreach. This marked a dramatic change from his previous skepticism towards digital assets.


As the 2024 election approaches, Trump’s newfound support for cryptocurrency is expected to resonate with many in the crypto community and potentially influence the broader political landscape. However, this shift raises questions about his true intentions. Is Trump supporting digital assets to secure votes, or has he genuinely come to believe in the potential of cryptocurrency despite his previous skepticism?



 


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