'Eccentric millionaire' John McAfee running for U.S. president
Designer of McAfee antivirus software wants to focus on privacy
Self-described "eccentric millionaire" John McAfee has joined the increasingly crowded 2016 U.S. presidential race, putting himself up against notable candidates Donald Trump, Limberbutt McCubbins, and Deez Nuts.
McAfee, designer of the antivirus software bearing his name, has announced that he's running for U.S. President with a focus on privacy and information security. He will be running under his own political party, the Cyber Party.
"We are losing privacy at an alarming rate — we have none left," he said to Time. "We've given up so much for the illusion of security and our government is simply dysfunctional."
In late 2012, McAfee became notorious for fleeing from Belize after authorities wanted to question him regarding the death of his neighbour.
He was never declared a suspect, but McAfee said he feared being killed by his landlord because he had fallen behind on his rent, according to the Verge.
Unlike Limberbutt McCubbins, a cat from Kentucky, and Deez Nuts, actually a 15-year-old boy from Idaho named Brady Olson, McAfee can legally run for the presidency — despite being technically born in the United Kingdom, because it was on U.S. military base.
He sees his biggest rival as Republican candidate Donald Trump, though he still appreciates Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
"If I didn't enter, [Trump] would've won," McAfee told CNN Money, adding that he thinks Clinton is "very smart."
Like other eccentric candidates, McAfee developed a fast following on social media, as well as the requisite hashtag #McAfee2016.
<a href="https://twitter.com/officialmcafee">@officialmcafee</a> You have a supporter in Iowa! Let me know if you need help!—@W0jt3kdab3ar
<a href="https://twitter.com/officialmcafee">@officialmcafee</a> if you're seriously going for it, you'd have my vote :)—@mkossodo
Some can already see him in office.
<a href="https://twitter.com/officialmcafee">@officialmcafee</a> <a href="http://t.co/AFl0s3TKtf">pic.twitter.com/AFl0s3TKtf</a>—@zumarek
They're generating slogans
<a href="https://twitter.com/officialmcafee">@officialmcafee</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mat">@mat</a> If the slogan isn't "Install McAfee" I can't take this seriously.—@cfclark
Run a virus scan on Washington. Vote McAfee 2016. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/McAfee2016?src=hash">#McAfee2016</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/theherowedeserve?src=hash">#theherowedeserve</a> <a href="https://t.co/IVERYiDMaw">https://t.co/IVERYiDMaw</a>—@0xdeadbabe
<a href="https://twitter.com/officialmcafee">@officialmcafee</a> What do you think? Cool or not? I can print like a madman I wanna help. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/mcafee?src=hash">#mcafee</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/mcafee2016?src=hash">#mcafee2016</a> <a href="http://t.co/5DKWLstxGY">pic.twitter.com/5DKWLstxGY</a>—@bradahrens
Though many doubt the seriousness of his candidacy.
I'm sure the <a href="https://twitter.com/officialmcafee">@officialmcafee</a> run for President is sincere and not at all a publicity stunt—@mat
There are still some complaining about his old antivirus, however. Although he sold the company to Intel in 2014, the software remains named McAfee.
You know how every time you boot up your PC, you get an annoying McAfee virus upgrade warning? The guy behind that wants to be president.—@PDX44
"Do you think I might have a virus?" "Um, yes. It's called 'McAfee.'" <a href="http://t.co/fen7ccPghf">pic.twitter.com/fen7ccPghf</a>—@shanselman
McAfee has advice for them too
Which might give some inspiration for a future running mate.
<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/McAfee2016?src=hash">#McAfee2016</a>: Pretending to protect America from threats it doesn't understand! <a href="http://t.co/ZkN2rhrfnI">pic.twitter.com/ZkN2rhrfnI</a>—@FasterthanShaun