Failed Presidential Candidate Reboots for 2020
He further explained that he would either run as a Libertarian or forge a new party.
This campaign would be McAfee's second presidential bid after losing the Libertarian Party's nomination to former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson in 2016.
Fortune magazine highlighted McAfee's bizarre descent in recent years:
As ABC recently noted, McAfee has gone through many transformations. He went from tech legend, to making headlines as a “person of interest” in a mysterious killing in Belize, to launching new tech companies, to running to become a presidential candidate, to living in rural Tennessee.
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.— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) June 3, 2018
Most recently, he has been a staunch supporter of Bitcoin. He came to the cryptocurrency’s defense after it was criticized by J.P. Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon for being “a fraud.”
One of his 827,000 Twitter followers responded to his tweet saying that Oprah would defeat him in a presidential race. McAfee said, “Almost anyone could. But that is not the point. The point is that I will be on the stage with whoever is picked.”
It appears McAfee intends to bring greater awareness to cyptocurrencies and their future implications than to mount a serious presidential run. Of course, this wouldn't be the first time a long-shot candidate mobilized the electorate.