Melania Trump is now shilling Bitcoin and people are truly baffled

Melania Trump is now shilling Bitcoin and people are truly baffled

Melania Trump is now apparently shilling Bitcoin weeks after launching her own non-fungible token (NFT) venture.

Tweeting yesterday from her official account, the former first lady wrote: “It is widely reported that Bitcoin’s market cap exceeds USD$1 Trillion. Today marks the 13th anniversary of the Bitcoin Genesis Block. Happy Anniversary. #SatoshiNakamoto #MelaniaNFT.”

Bitcoin was launched in January 2009 by pseudonymous creator Satoshi Nakamoto.

Trump’s tweet follows news that Bitcoin’s mining hashrate - a metric measuring the total computational power used to process transactions - hit an all-time high ahead of the cryptocurrency’s 13th anniversary over the weekend.

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People seemed perplexed by her tweet, with some questioning how much she knows about the cryptocurrency:

Her apparent backing of Bitcoin follows Trump launching her own NFT endeavour, offering a watercolour painting of her eyes and a complimentary voice message.

Created by artist Marc-Antonie Coulon, the digital artwork titled “Melania’s Vision” was up for sale during December costing one unit of SOL cryptocurrency (approximately $150) and included an audio recording with a “message of hope”.

Her husband former US President Donald Trump seemingly attempted to advertise the digital asset while also slamming cryptocurrencies in a recent interview.

He said: “Look, I want a currency called the dollar, I don’t want to have all these others — and that can be an explosion someday like the likes of which we’ve never seen. It’ll make the big tech explosion look like baby stuff. I think it’s a very dangerous thing.”

In June 2021, he also said Bitcoin “seems like a scam”.

He added: “I don’t like it because it’s another currency competing against the dollar… I want the dollar to be the currency of the world.”

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