Trump’s shadow looms large as CBDC opponent DeSantis exits race


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  • DeSantis’s withdrawal reshapes the GOP race.
  • CBDC opposition gains political momentum.
  • Trump’s influence remains formidable.

In a surprising turn of events, Ron DeSantis, the Central Bank digital currency (CBDC) opponent and governor of Florida, announced that he is suspending his presidential campaign for the United States presidency. Citing a lack of a clear path to victory, DeSantis made this decision after finishing second to former President Donald Trump in the Iowa primary for the Republican Party nomination. 

DeSantis’ early campaign pledge: Ban on CBDC

In a brief 4-minute announcement shared on social media platform X (formerly Twitter), DeSantis expressed his support for Trump and his belief that a majority of Republican primary voters want to give Trump another chance.

Ron DeSantis, known for his staunch opposition to central bank digital currencies, had made a bold promise during his campaign, vowing to ban any potential version of the digital dollar if elected as President. 

At a campaign event in Iowa, he declared, “If I am the president, on day one, we will nix central bank digital currency. Done. Dead. Not happening in this country.”

DeSantis was not alone in his stance against CBDCs; former President Trump had also taken a similar position during a recent campaign speech in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Trump promised to “never allow” the Federal Reserve to create a CBDC, firmly stating, “I will never allow the creation of a central bank digital currency.”

CBDCs: A controversial topic

Central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) have been a subject of intense debate and discussion in recent years. Unlike cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, which are decentralized and not controlled by any central authority, CBDCs are centralized and backed by a nation’s central bank. 

Proponents argue that CBDCs could improve payment efficiency, enhance financial inclusion, and provide a more secure and regulated form of digital currency.

However, critics raise concerns about CBDCs infringing on privacy rights and granting governments excessive control over their citizens’ financial transactions.

These concerns have fueled opposition from figures like DeSantis and Trump, who believe that the introduction of a CBDC could have far-reaching implications for the country’s financial system and individual freedoms.

The Iowa primary results

Ron DeSantis officially launched his presidential bid in July 2023, positioning himself as a conservative leader with strong views on issues such as CBDCs, immigration, and COVID-19 restrictions. 

In the Iowa primary for the Republican Party nomination held on January 15, DeSantis finished second, trailing behind Donald Trump by a significant margin of 21% in votes.

This outcome was a clear indication of Trump’s enduring popularity within the Republican Party, and it appears to have played a pivotal role in DeSantis’ decision to suspend his campaign. 

With his eye on a second term in office, Trump’s influence remains a potent force in American politics, especially within his party.

DeSantis pledges support to Trump

In his announcement of the suspension of his presidential campaign, Ron DeSantis wasted no time in pledging his support to former President Donald Trump. He stated, “I will not stop now. It’s clear to me that a majority of Republican primary voters want to give Donald Trump another chance.” This declaration underscores the continued appeal and influence of Trump within the Republican Party.

With DeSantis bowing out of the presidential race and throwing his support behind Trump, the dynamics of the Republican primary race have shifted significantly. 

Trump’s position as a front-runner in the Republican Party appears to be secure, and his anti-CBDC stance continues to resonate with a substantial portion of the party’s base.

As the presidential campaign season unfolds, the debate over central bank digital currencies and their role in the future of the American financial system will likely remain a prominent issue.

While DeSantis may have exited the race, his vocal opposition to CBDCs, shared by Trump and others, ensures that this topic will continue to be a focal point in the ongoing political discourse.

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