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John McAfee Challenges SEC Chairman Jay Clayton to a Live Debate on CNN

Antivirus software pioneer John McAfee went bananas on Twitter earlier today, issuing a challenge to SEC Chairman Jay Clayton [because this happened]. In an expletive-laden tweet, McAfee announced that he wishes to debate Clayton in a live forum filmed by CNN.

In an effort to make the debate happen, McAfee published Clayton’s contact information – including his office phone number and email address – online in the tweet:

He started off with this one then had a collection of them piling up as he has had for the last few weeks with the non-crypto paid promotion of alts and POTUS declarations:

In a previous tweet, McAfee had (more calmly) requested his followers email or call the SEC “and demand that they debate me.” McAfee clearly wanted to make things more personal, which is why he specifically mentioned SEC Chairman Jay Clayton in his follow-up tweet.

Meanwhile, McAfee made headlines earlier this week for announcing a bid to run for president in 2020. McAfee, a British-born US citizen, tried to run as the Libertarian Party candidate during the 2016 presidential election, but lost to Gary Johnson.

McAfee plans to seek the Libertarian Party candidacy for the 2020 election, but he won’t stop if he doesn’t get it. As he explained on Twitter:

“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.”

McAfee’s bid to become president of the United States dates back to 2015 when he announced his intentions to run for election as head of the “Cyber Party”.

The 72-year old McAfee, meanwhile, has been flooding social media with libertarian-oriented memes and cryptocurrency shill posts.

Jay Clayton and the SEC have not responded to McAfee’s request for a debate. Clayton made headlines yesterday after he explained that cryptocurrencies like bitcoin are not securities during an interview with CNBC. Clayton did, however, caution that many ICO tokens are securities and should be regulated as such.

It’s unclear what John McAfee and Jay Clayton would be debating – aside from the cryptocurrency industry in general. It’s also unclear if McAfee has legitimately contacted CNN – or if he’s just fishing for attention.

In any case, you can stay tuned to this drama by following John McAfee’s Twitter @officialmcafee. However, it seems unlikely that SEC Chairman Jay Clayton is going to accept the offer anytime soon.

What do you guys think of John McAfee's effectiveness in trying to invoke a response and engage in some dialogue, in which we all benefit from no matter how we start to understand the nature of the SEC and cryptocurrencies as securities.

Let us know in the comments below. You can also read about Mr. McAfee's latest projects in the MRU unit and the Cryptocurrency Independence website. Then of course there is this:

John McAfee Is Running For President (POTUS) in 2020: Cryptocurrency a Focal Point?

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  1. It’s gona go this route. All ICOs must register with SEC. If an ICO can demonstrate utility have a working platform, then you are selling utility token to be used on the platform, falls under CFTC regulated like comodity. If an ICO does not have any working product, cannot demonstrate use case, classify it as security token, regulated by SEC in both offering and trading. In the future IPOs can be tokenized. A company going public can choose to offer a pure ERC20 security token that has no utility. That’s basically a tokenized stock offering. All past tokens forget about them because you can’t prosecute anyone when there are no laws that yet exist to govern ICOs. So nobody broken any laws when they don’t exist yet.

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