Trump vows to pardon Silk Road criminal mind if reelected

From his flirtation with the crypto industry to a slew of legal challenges Donald Trump faces personally, the former president is now ready to pardon a known criminal

Donald J. Trump’s harangue of electoral promises continues with the former president, and re-election hopeful, now vowing to pardon Ross Ulbricht, the creator of Silk Road, a darknet marketplace that became notorious for selling drugs.

Yet, Trump already has plans for his first day in office if he actually wins the November ballot and will grant Ulbricht a pardon. Speaking at the Libertarian National Convention in Washington, D.C., Trump went on a tirade about what he would do once he is back in office.

“He’s already served 11 years, we’re gonna get him home,” Trump said, showing a sudden leniency on a person who has been handed down two life sentences, and 40 years. The president also took to Truth Social, his own social media, to write about the crypto industry and seek to solicit more insiders to his cause.

“I am very positive and open minded to cryptocurrency companies, and all things related to this new and burgeoning industry. Our country must be the leader in the field. There is no second place. [Joe Biden] wants [the cryptocurrency industry] to die a slow and painful death. That will never happen with me,” he explained in his characteristic style.

Trump is smart in exploring this angle and bringing up Ulbricht’s name. Silk Road was one of the first registered real world uses of Bitcoin where people could use the cryptocurrency to buy and sell goods anonymously, even though it later turned out that the marketplace itself had been a hotbed for drug hawking.

Yet, Trump is riding the crest of discontent, tapping into the “Free Ross” campaign mounted by crypto doves who have seen Ulbricht’s sentence as the government clamping down on personal freedoms.

Some of Trumps’ words do carry weight, as he did offer clemency to Ripple board member Ken Kurson who was caught in a hard spot with SEC, which was suing him over the unregistered sale of stock.

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Written by Barney


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