WATCH: Trump’s Bitcoin Stance Alienates His Base
Donald Trump is big on loyalty, and for most issues, his fan base falls in line. However, since leaving office he has alienated some of them with his stance on a few issues. The latest of these is bitcoin.
Some of Trump’s most vocal supporters have broken with him on vaccines, saying that he should stop boasting about his (claimed) role in the production and rollout of them, because they buy into various anti-vax conspiracy theories. Now some are also breaking with him on bitcoin, after he spoke out against cryptocurrency and said that he wanted the U.S. dollar to be the “currency of the world.”
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“Bitcoin, it just seems like a scam…but I don’t like it because it’s another currency competing against the dollar. Essentially it’s a currency competing against the dollar. I want the dollar to be the currency of the world. That’s what I’ve always said.”
Some of Trump’s most ardent supporters, such as Ali Alexander, who led the ‘Stop the Steal’ movement, which falsely claims Trump actually won the 2020 election, and who has called for President Joe Biden’s removal (by unspecified means outside the Justice system) lashed out at Trump Monday, saying that he keeps taking stances diametrically opposite those of his base.
Laura Loomer, a GOP political candidate who has been kicked off a variety of platforms, including some right-wing funding platforms, over positions attacking Muslims and others, says she’s ‘disappointed’ in Trump’s stance, and that he won’t have staying power if he doesn’t shift it.
It’s not clear what ‘staying power’ Trump might seek, since he’s already out of office and not currently officially running for any other elected position, though he keeps floating the idea. Regardless, it seems that Trump’s views on cryptocurrency are sharply divested from those of some of his fans — and it’s not clear how that will play out for him.