🇺🇸 Weekly Recap: Presidential Candidates Compete For Crypto Votes

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Candidates for the upcoming U.S. presidential election are courting the crypto community.

Former president, Donald Trump, vowed to promote innovation within the U.S. cryptocurrency industry a protect the right to self-custody, marking a seismic pivot from calling Bitcoin a “scam” just three years ago. However, many in the web3 community are skeptical of his newfound support for crypto.

Robert F Kennedy Jr. is also seeking support from crypto users. RFK told an audience at Consensus 2024 that embracing Bitcoin would form a key part of his deficit management strategy, building on the plan to partially back the U.S. dollar with BTC he articulated last year.

Despite garnering support from front-running candidates, digital assets posted a weak performance after surging in response to the sudden approval of spot Ether ETFs last week. The move was largely driven by U.S. inflation data showing a rise in April, which paused global market momentum.

The Department of Justice is paying close attention to web3, with the DoJ publishing its first-ever risk assessment looking at NFTs. Brian Nelson, the Treasury’s undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, also warned that unregulated stablecoins pose a threat to U.S. national security.

In other regulatory news, SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce threw her support behind a proposal from U.K. financial authorities advocating for establishing a joint sandbox for fintech and digital asset firms with their U.S. counterparts.

Drama persists in the memecoin markets. A spate of celebrity-endorsed memecoins has some analysts sounding the alarm on a top signal. Caitlyn Jenner notably joined the party, but some sleuths believe a shady middle-man orchestrated the launch of JENNER alongside at least four other influencer tokens in the past fortnight.

On Ethereum, PEPE continued surging to new heights, with the frog-themed meme token overtaking MATIC by market cap and eclipsing the 30 largest NFT collections combined.

Uniswap postponed the governance vote on activating its long-awaited fee-switch, with the project’s foundation citing concerns from a prominent stakeholder.

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