Cybersecurity tech founder and cryptocurrency advocate John McAfee officially launched his campaign website today for his 2020 presidential bid. Rather importantly, the first things you see on the new website, titled “mcafee2020hq.com”, are a rather snazzy picture of McAfee behind a podium, his new campaign logo for 2020, and his slogan, which boldy reads: “Don’t Vote McAfee”.
While this might initially come off as tongue-in-cheek (especially with McAfee’s reputation on social media,) this is a genuine claim. McAfee states his desires unambiguously on the new website, noting his stances on government in the section that outlines his platform.
“My campaign platform contains one item: how do we free ourselves from a government that no longer serves us, but instead has become our master – controlling our every action, down to the detail of what we may or may not put into our bodies and minds.”
Rather powerful stuff, not only for long-disenfranchised Libertarians, but for the entirety of the American populace who seems to be increasingly skeptical of the power of government thanks to the Trump presidency and ever-cartoonish Democratic Party.
McAfee claims to desire the most popular position in the world for the platform it provides. His major campaign goal is promoting cryptocurrency, and the freedom that the technology would bring to citizens of the world.
The website notes that misinformation about cryptocurrency is abundant in the current landscape, and asks volunteers and campaign allies to gather as much accurate knowledge about the technology as possible. They note, “This will help us set the narrative, rather than the people that set it now.”
There is also a 10-step guide on the website that explains how McAfee supporters can help out the campaign, which as expected, blends genuinely illuminating information and advice with McAfee’s dark and vulgar sense of humor.
McAfee ran in 2016 for the Libertarian Party nomination, running a formidable campaign but ultimately losing to former Republican Governor Gary Johnson. Johnson not only had a rather bad showing in the 2016 general election, but has since fizzled out politically, failing to win the 2018 senate race for his state of New Mexico.
McAfee’s other major competitor from 2016, The Libertarian Republic founder Austin Petersen, has announced multiple times on Twitter that he won’t be running in 2020.
This leaves McAfee’s only other major party competition with outspoken activist Adam Kokesh, who was notably arrested at the beginning of the year doing a freedom activism event in New Orleans.
All of these factors should contribute to a rather fascinating nomination process in the Libertarian Party, as McAfee noted on his website he doesn’t have answers to complex issues like immigration and education. Instead, he claims: “Those claiming that they do are lying to themselves, or if not, they are purposely lying to you. We must first be free. Freedom for The People is my only goal.”
Also be sure to follow McAfee on Twitter. He has one of the most entertaining accounts out there.