Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Takes a Stand for Crypto in Presidential Race
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The US presidential election is heating up. Among the candidates is Robert F. Kennedy Jr., nephew of the legendary President John F. Kennedy. In a surprising turn of events, Kennedy has emerged as a champion for the digital assets industry, slamming the government’s “war on crypto” and opposing a US central bank digital currency (CBDC).
Just last month, Kennedy announced his candidacy, sending a clear message that he’s not afraid to tackle the controversial crypto issue head-on. He’s been described as a fringe candidate, but his remarks are capturing everyone’s attention as crypto becomes a hot-button political issue.
Imagine the drama as Kennedy accuses the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of waging an “extra-legal war on crypto” that leaves major banks as collateral damage. He’s referencing an article by Ellen Brown, titled “How the War on Crypto Triggered a Banking Crisis,” which claims that a government-led campaign against digital assets led to historic bank failures in March, such as Silicon Valley Bank, Signature Bank, and Silvergate Bank.
But wait — there’s more! Kennedy’s comments have drawn parallels to those of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a potential challenger to former President Donald Trump. Both have warned that CBDC technology could be prone to abuses of power and threaten users’ privacy.
It’s not just Democrats like Kennedy and Republicans like DeSantis who are getting involved in the crypto debate. Some, like Elizabeth Warren, have slammed crypto and made criticism of the industry a key pillar of their political platform. Others, like New York City Mayor Eric Adams, have been vocal in their support for the nascent asset class.
But lately, Republicans have been more willing to publicly align themselves as advocates of crypto. Lawmakers like Tom Emmer (R-MN) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) have both spoken in support of the industry. Emmer even accused the FDIC of weaponizing instability in the banking sector to “purge legal digital asset entities” in the US. Just last week, Cruz criticized CBDCs, saying they’re designed to “destroy all the value of Bitcoin.”
As the 2024 election cycle kicks into high gear, it’s clear that the digital assets industry will be at the forefront of political debates. Will Kennedy’s bold stance on crypto help him win the race, or will it be his downfall? Only time will tell, but one thing’s for sure — the crypto conversation is just getting started.
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