Trump Attacks Bitcoin: Is the Digital Coin Immune to His Influence?

Trump attacks Bitcoin

When President Donald Trump attacks Bitcoin, what do you expect happens? The coin’s price falls, right? Maybe not so.

Last week, Trump attacked Bitcoin on Twitter, and that same day, the coin’s price climbed a little further. Okay, it didn’t exactly shoot for the moon, but it did prove its resilience by climbing and not tanking.

The next day, however, the coin began to fall.

Trump Attacks Bitcoin

But this is interesting because usually when Trump attacks any market or business, the market reacts negatively instantly—such is his power. We’ve seen it happen to Amazon shares when he attacked the company. We’ve seen it happen to Toyota shares and even the entire S&P 500 isn’t immune; it fell 1.5% in a single day when he posted tweets alluding to more tariffs on China.

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When Trump calls ill on anything, shares in that anything fall. But not Bitcoin it would seem.

Here’s what he said on July 12:

“I am not a fan of Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies, which are not money, and whose value is highly volatile and based on thin air. Unregulated Crytpo Assets can facilitate unlawful behavior, including drug trade and other illegal activity […] Similarly, Facebook Libra’s “virtual currency” will have little standing or dependability. If Facebook and other companies want to become a bank, they must seek a new Banking Charter and become subject to all Banking Regulations, just like other Banks, both National and International. We have only one real currency in the USA, and it is stronger than ever, both dependable and reliable. It is by far the most dominant currency anywhere in the World, and it will always stay that way. It is called the United States Dollar!”

Trump Attacks Bitcoin, But It Climbs the Same Day

The President didn’t hold back any punches. But the diatribe had little effect on Bitcoin price; rather the coin climbed to $11,858 on the day.

The days after the Tweet, however, did see the coin tumble and now Bitcoin is trading around the mid-$10,000 mark. Whether or not Trump’s comments caused the decline is up for debate. Some believe that Bitcoin’s subsequent fall was due to technicals, and a “typical move well within bitcoin’s current price range.” Other publications, such as FOXBusiness, believe the comments spurred on a delayed reaction and hence, a decline.

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It remains an interesting theory. Because if Bitcoin is unresponsive to Trump’s comments, then it shows that the coin is resilient in the face of government power and influence. This only serves to prove the point of the coin in the first place; a currency for the people that is beyond government control.

On the other hand, Bitcoin may have simply reacted a day later to Trump’s comments as news of his concerns spread. If so, then it is as vulnerable as any other body to influential opinion. It is interesting to note, though, that the immediate response saw the coin climb and not fall.

What are your thoughts? When Trump attacks Bitcoin, what would you expect?

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