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Crypto enters the American Presidential Election cycle

For the first time, Bitcoin and crypto is set to take center stage in an American Presidential Election cycle. President Trump is positioning himself as the first major party nominee to actively court Bitcoin and crypto holders.

For the first time, Bitcoin and crypto is set to take center stage in an American Presidential Election cycle. Donald Trump has reversed course on crypto and is now positioning himself as the first major party nominee to actively court Bitcoin and crypto holders.

Addressing crypto enthusiasts at Mar-a-Lago last week, Trump’s message was clear: support him or face the Biden administration’s stringent regulatory measures against the industry. “They are against it,” he declared during an event promoting his own non-fungible token (NFT).

This overt appeal to the crypto faithful marks a significant departure from Trump’s previous criticisms of Bitcoin during his first term, though it is not entirely unexpected. The GOP has increasingly embraced digital assets, contrasting with Democrats who remain divided on granting legitimacy to the industry, with Elizabeth Warren leading an anit-crypto army.

Trump’s direct endorsement signifies a pivotal moment for the American crypto industry, which has intensified lobbying efforts and invested millions to influence the upcoming 2024 elections.

Trump at Mar a Lago with Messari Crypto Advocate Ryan Selkis, via X

The issue has become a fresh line of attack for Trump against Biden. SEC Chair Gary Gensler, appointed by Biden, has pursued aggressive enforcement actions against crypto firms for alleged violations of federal securities laws. Trump criticized the administration’s stance, asserting, “The Democrats are very much against it.”

However, not all Democrats oppose crypto. Despite Biden’s veto threat, twenty-one Democrats joined Republicans in voting to overturn SEC crypto guidance. Yet, Trump’s embrace introduces a new partisan dynamic into the debate over crypto regulation, potentially complicating the industry’s bipartisan outreach efforts.

Bitcoin Magazine CEO David Bailey is working with Donald Trump’s campaign to develop their Bitcoin and cryptocurrency policies. He wrote on X, “For the past month we have been working with the Trump campaign to develop their bitcoin and crypto policy agenda. We proposed a comprehensive executive order for President Trump to sign on day 1. I will be sharing those details soon. This week Trump took the first step, but there is much work to do. We intend to raise a $100m war chest for the campaign to ensure the next President of the United States is pro Bitcoin. If you can help, please reach out.”

Trump told the crowd that President Joe Biden “doesn’t even know” what crypto is. “If you like crypto in any form, and it comes in a lot of different forms, if you are in favor of crypto, you better vote for Trump,” he added.

Trump’s campaign will accept donations in crypto, it’s expected that this will result in a sizable war chest.

 


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