JOHN McAfee has announced plans to run for US President in 2020 and says it will be good for cryptocurrencies.
The British-American cyber security pioneer, businessman and crypto advocate revealed that after turning down the chance to run previously, he will now put himself forward to become America’s next President.
McAfee, who is best known for creating the eponymous antivirus software, tweeted his intention, saying that he would either run as a Libertarian or as an independent candidate.
He tweeted: “In spite of past refusals, I have decided to again run for POTUS in 2020. 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 turned up at the Libertarian party convention in New York in May.
The one time fugitive, who once went on the run from police in Belize, after being named as a “person of interest” in a murder case, spoke freely at the convention about the possibility of running for office.
He argued that he should be president because only he has the skills to address the problem of internet security.
“I will win,” McAfee added. “I would win the general election. Because I know who I am, I know my talents, and I know what my limits are. And I’ve been around long enough to know people’s minds.”
While many will see McAfee’s chances of success in taking residence in the White House as being slim to zero, some might point to the fact that most initially gave Donald Trump similar odds before he won the Republican candidacy and went on to take office in 2016.
But there is one major problem with McAfee’s plan.
Only those born in the US are currently eligible to run for President.
McAfee was born in the UK in the mid-1940s.
His parents moved to Roanoke, Virginia when he was a young boy. He had a difficult upbringing. His father, a road surveyor, was an alcoholic and committed suicide when McAfee junior was just 15 years old.
Some may also question the timing of his announcement, coming as it does just days before his intention to release a physical cryptocurrency called the “McAfee Redemption Unit” (MRU).
The physical notes come in seven denominations, ranging from 1 to 500 MRUs. Four of the notes feature pictures of McAfee in various stages of undress, including one in which he is surrounded by women, his nose covered in white powder.