To answer the question: no, President Joseph Biden is not suddenly a supporter of Bitcoin. But the octogenarian politician’s social media team is appropriate the imagery of hardcore Bitcoinersafter posting an image of the American president with laser eyes on Twitter/X.
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The Dear Old Joe photo apparently references “Dark Brandon,” a meme that Democratic activists are trying to force. As Mashable reports:
Biden, with fiery eyes, crossed arms and glistening teeth, confused the world, especially as Bitcoin was in tears. The cryptocurrency is now trading at its highest level since December 2021.
But he is not. According to Mashable, the meme is a response to a right-wing conspiracy theory that the Biden administration is rigging the Super Bowl to gain support from billionaire superstar country singer Taylor Swift. If that doesn’t make sense, congratulations; you haven’t rotted your brain by spending all your free time online.
To quickly unpack it: Swift, who campaigned for Biden in 2020, recently started dating Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, who during the coronavirus pandemic has led community outreach efforts. public to try to convince his fans to get vaccinated against COVID-19. This apparently puts them both in Big Blue’s pocket.
Swift is already riding the wave of newfound fame following her blockbuster Eras tour, widely cited as the highest-grossing concert series of all time. The only thing that could boost her reputation, and therefore help her brainwash her fans into voting for Biden, would be if her boyfriend was on the winning team of the most successful live television event watched of the year.
Indeed, the Chiefs literally took the lead in the final seconds of overtime, becoming the first team to win back-to-back Super Bowl games since Tom Brady led the New England Patriots two decades ago.
“Just like we wrote it,” Dark Biden posted on social media, shedding light on this bizarro-land conspiracy.
To be fair to Bitcoiners who were very excited by another politician displaying laser eyes, two years after the joke ceased to be relevant, the “meme” from Biden’s social media team was not really easy to analyze. But if there was one group that should have known about it, it would be the crypto fanatics.
After all, one of the biggest proponents of the idea that Swift and Kelce are in a sham relationship solely for Biden’s benefit was Vivek Ramaswamy, who was the Crypto candidate before dropping out of the race. He wrote last month on: “I wonder if there is any major presidential support coming from an artificially culturally supported couple this fall.”
Almost all of the main posts in the Biden “meme” (can this be a meme if only Democratic insiders can understand it?) were from crypto/financial influencers asking “What is happening” Or “At first I thought it was Joe Biden (parody). » How quickly we forget. Biden’s account has posted Dark Brandon multiple times, and each time, the same people react the same way — each time, their dopamine receptors seem a little more fried.
One has to wonder why Biden’s social media team is copying crypto’s aesthetic. Is he trying to reconnect with a potentially large voter base after previously calling on the entire government to bring crypto into line? Is he trying to lure a “single-issue” voter base that probably won’t support him anyway? Is he trying to woo Senator Lummis?
Social media is a powerful force for connecting with voters, even though it can backfire. Of note, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis essentially based his failed presidential campaign on internet-tinged culture war issues, even choosing to announce his candidacy over a live voice chat on Twitter/X alongside of super-poster Elon Musk.
Choosing what to post in electoral politics is often a matter of choosing how to post, whether you’re willing to demean yourself by trying to appear “with” or sticking to more promotional language. To some extent, Dark Brandon’s laser eyes show how culture is created online, often as a bottom-up phenomenon of people sharing interests (like the idea that bitcoin could reach $100,000 if everyone believes in it enough ).
This seems like an unlikely coincidence given the prominence of the “laser eyes” meme, which has been sported by elected officials as well as companies like Franklin Templeton to signal their support for Bitcoin. But nothing seems out of the question these days when it comes to contemporary American politics.