Recent moves taken by Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg are pointing to a possible presidential run in 2020.
Zuckerberg, who will turn 35-years-old in 2019, the minimum age for serving as president, has made an announcement stating he will be visiting people in all 50 states during 2017.
Another move that is turning heads relates to Zuckerberg’s stock ownership in Facebook. Under his guidance, the company recently created a new class of stock that would allow him to invest and donate his holdings in Facebook without losing control of his company.
According to The Hill, Zuckerberg’s recent moves have caught the attention of the mainstream media. Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, and the Chicago Tribune are just a few of the major media outlets publishing stories about the idea of Zuckerberg running for the White House in 2020.
Texas-based Republican strategist Vincent Harris had this to say, “Donald Trump’s victory changed the narrative in American politics. We’ve seen a complete blending of entertainment and politics in America, and a potential Zuckerberg candidacy would play very well into what the public has come to desire.”
Harris said Zuckerberg’s recent trip to Waco, Texas resembled that of a potential candidate. The first stop in Waco was with ministers and community leaders. “Listening tours like Zuckerberg’s recent one to Waco, Texas, shows he might be serious about a run,” said Harris.
However, a presidential run by Zuckerberg could cause a conflict of interest that would be much more complex than the ones facing President Trump.
Facebook is one of the largest online platforms for the distribution of news and political opinion. Even the slightest perception that Facebook was working behind the scenes to influence an election would cause massive problems for Mark.
The liberal leaning, open borders billionaire would have an unfair advantage over all candidates to run against him. For starters, Facebook knows everything you do — Mark would have exclusive access to the world’s largest list of voter data.
It is important to note that Zuckerberg recently hired Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign manager, David Plouffe, to the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, a philanthropic group Zuckerberg founded with his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan.
Democratic political strategist Craig Varoga said this about Zuckerberg’s chances of winning, “The wise guys said Obama couldn’t win, but he did. Then they said Trump couldn’t win, but he did. The same experts said there was no way an online platform could get almost two billion users, but we know that story. So if anybody says President Mark Zuckerberg can’t happen, he or she needs to pinch themselves and wake up.”
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