By CCN: In a new interview with Newsweek, John McAfee surfaced to discuss living abroad and what he’s learned about the global perception of Americans. After recently going dark, he told Newsweek “we’re hated universally.” According to him, the reason most American tourists don’t pick up on this fact is that they’re a source of income for the people and places they visit.
America: Hated Universally
“I have traveled around the world. Everybody hates America. Do they show it? No. If you’re a tourist, you’re never going to see it. Why? If you’re a tourist you are a source of income for that country. You’re never going to see the truth. Well, I’ve lived in these countries, and I’ve seen the f***ing truth. We’re hated universally. We interfere in affairs that we do not understand for our own benefit….”
McAfee, who is wanted by the U.S. government for tax fraud, is currently running for president. The software mogul invited this attention from federal authorities when he openly flaunted his tax evasion just after the new year. Later that month, federal authorities issued an indictment. While felons are legally allowed to run for president, it’s unclear if McAfee would be able to assume the office with a standing warrant hanging over his head.
Can a Fugitive Even Run for President?
Since 2000, the Justice Department has abided by the opinion that it cannot prosecute someone in the highest office.
This past week, rumors spread on Twitter that authorities captured McAfee.
The @officialmcafee account has since dispelled these rumors:
Those who read "go dark" as "incarcerated" shouldn't play lotto this week. Here's @officialmcafee & @theemrsmcafee safe and sound in their new backyard as defiant, joyful and free as ever. Stay tuned… pic.twitter.com/e3T8wirhge
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) May 17, 2019
McAfee isn’t losing sleep over his situation with U.S. authorities and has no idea what it will take for him to return home.
“I don’t have a clue. I haven’t thought about it yet. I don’t address problems until I’m ready to actually do something. First of all, get a bunch of lawyers. Secondly, come back, I don’t know.”
McAfee’s Brashness as an Asset
McAfee wants you to know that he doesn’t care what you think of him. This is unusual for someone with political aspirations but certainly not new. McAfee draws the line at what is written about him, saying:
“I’m just being me. I’m not going to change me to be untrue or rather false or restricted while I’m trying to make you be unrestricted. That makes no sense. No, we should all be unrestricted. We should all give a shit nothing about what people think or say about us. We should give a shit about what’s written about us. We give a shit about our impact on the world, if we do something, which is absolutely us. No. I could care less about that, sir. I’m not creating a brand, I’m not creating an image.”
The security mogul says he has untold numbers of people working on his campaign in the U.S. and hundreds of people working in foreign countries for him. The multi-millionaire, for all his “not giving a sh*t,” is a Twitter celebrity. He likely wields little impact beyond that for the majority of the voting public.
Might as Well Vote for Satoshi Nakamoto
A serious proponent of Bitcoin and blockchain technologies, McAfee throws off very little actual expertise on the subject. Here is his recent assessment of Ethereum, the second-most valuable cryptocurrency and the most-used platform for smart contracts:
Folks asking my opinion of Ethereum:
Well . . .. Frankly, I prefer one syllable coins and am not fond of Ethereum's spelling. Additionally, many of my friends who hold Ethereum dress oddly. And, of course, Buterin looks underfed to me. But do not take this as investment advice.
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) May 15, 2019
McAfee also seems to believe he knows the identities of Satoshi Nakamoto. He previously said he would reveal Satoshi’s true identity to prove that Craig S. Wright is lying. However, on apparent legal advice, he chose not to disclose the identity, believing that it would further complicate his problems with the U.S. government.
Raw, gifted, and eccentric, John McAfee could be the type of leader who’d sufficiently “drain the swamp” because he holds no allegiance to any part of it. Unfortunately for him, his prospects are even less likely than those of virtually all Democrats currently running campaigns.