2021 was a huge year for the crypto industry. A few years ago, our elected officials probably hadn’t even heard of crypto before, let alone had an opinion on it. However, this year it seemed like crypto was the hot topic on the block all around the globe.
Here is a list of the most outspoken crypto advocates and critics from the parliaments and white houses around the world.
Santa: Francis Suarez
First up for crypto Santa is Miami Mayor Francis Suarez. In August,(MIA). Revenue generated from the token is used to fund community projects in the city, with Mayor Suarez saying in a November interview that each could soon be eligible to receive a Bitcoin ( ) dividend from the yield of MiamiCoin.
The city of Miami mayor,, proposed an official resolution that would make an acceptable payment for various parts of the city’s administration.
— Cointelegraph (@Cointelegraph)
In February,to enact the “most progressive crypto laws” in the United States. Fittingly, this year’s Bitcoin conference was held in Miami, attracting the largest crowd in the annual event’s history, as a growing hub for cryptocurrency.
Grinch: Narendra Modi
The first Grinch who stole crypto-mas is Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. On Nov. 18, he called on all democratic nations to, specifically Bitcoin, to “ensure it does not end up in the wrong hands which can spoil our youth.” He also shared his concerns that if unregulated, crypto could become an avenue for “money laundering and terror financing.”
PM Narendra Modi called for united efforts to shape global norms for emerging technologies like social media and cryptocurrencies so that they are used to «empower democracy, not to undermine it».
— AltCoiners : India Banega Crypto SuperPower (@alt_coiners)
On Nov. 23, the Indian governmenton “all private cryptocurrencies,” prompting a in the country. Since then, the creator of the bill, former Finance Secretary Subhash Garg, has “private cryptocurrencies” as a misinterpretation.
Modi’s account waswith a tweet claiming that the country had officially adopted Bitcoin. The hackers’ tweet stated, “India has officially adopted Bitcoin as legal tender. The government has officially bought 500 BTC and is distributing them to all residents of the country. The future has come today!”
Santa: President Nayib Bukele
Of course, this list would be hardly complete without the one and only President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele. In June, El Salvador passed President Bukele’s “Bitcoin Law,” which made.
as citizens became concerned that their savings and pensions were at risk, but merchants still accept Bitcoin as payment, as per the law.
Since then, the Latin American country hasn’t slowed down on its crypto adoption withcapable of converting BTC into USD. The country has to its BTC reserve, and further plans to make a “Bitcoin City,” a full-scale municipal project with residential areas, shopping centers, restaurants and a port, all of which will be centered around Bitcoin adoption.
— Nayib Bukele (@nayibbukele)
Grinch: Elizabeth Warren
Proving that cryptocurrency is indeed not a partisan issue, the next anti-crypto Grinch is Senator Elizabeth Warren. In a June session of the Senate Banking Committee,as a “fourth rate alternative to real currency,” adding that it is a “lousy investment” because it has “no consumer protection.”
The anti-crypto rhetoric didn’t stop there, with the Massachusetts senator saying that it’s “worth considering” banning U.S. banks fromin a September interview with the New York Times. She also infamously called the cryptocurrency industry the “new shadow bank.”
«Crypto puts the power in the hands of a shadowy, faceless group of super- coders and miners.» —
— Dylan LeClair (@DylanLeClair_)
Only days later,in a Senate Committee Hearing with Gary Gensler. She said that “high unpredictable fees can make crypto trading really dangerous for people who aren’t rich.”
Santa: Andrew Bragg
Talking about pro-crypto politicians, it would be hard to miss Australian Liberal Senator for NSW Andrew Bragg. He has been anin Australia over the past year. As the chairperson of the Senate Committee on Australia as a Technology and Financial Centre, Bragg oversaw the publication of Australia’s “crypto report” in October.
Crypto reform plan: protecting consumers & driving new investment and jobs.
— Senator Andrew Bragg (@ajamesbragg)
The report madepertinent to the cryptocurrency sector including a tax discount for crypto miners using renewable energy, new licenses for crypto exchanges, an overhaul of capital gains tax in decentralized finance and new laws to govern decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs). He also , which he claimed were dressing up “anti-competitive behavior” as regulatory compliance and debanking crypto customers.
Grinch: Xi Jinping
Arguably,single-handedly played the most influential global role in crypto this year. Jinping has often spoken about the , and his administration is in the process of rolling out a digital yuan (CBDC). Despite this, his government has taken some significant steps to limit the use of cryptocurrency in the country over the past year.
As China introduced yet another crypto ban, one economics professor suggests that it’s clearly about promoting the digital Yuan.
— Cointelegraph (@Cointelegraph)
In June, Chinese regulators, forcing miners to relocate overseas. In late September, the communist nation went another step further, in the country.
Santa: Mayor-elect Eric Adams
Another pro-crypto U.S. mayor to make the cut is Eric Adams from New York. This year, we’ve seen some friendly rivalry between him and Miami Mayor France Suarez over who is the.
When Bitcoin podcaster Anthony Pompliano tweeted asking who the first American politician to accept their salary in Bitcoin will be in early November, Miami Mayor Francis replied saying that he plans to take his next paycheck in Bitcoin. Not to be upstaged,, saying, “In New York, we always go big, so I’m going to take my first THREE paychecks in Bitcoin when I become mayor.”
In New York we always go big, so I’m going to take my first THREE paychecks in Bitcoin when I become mayor. NYC is going to be the center of the cryptocurrency industry and other fast-growing, innovative industries! Just wait!
— Eric Adams (@ericadamsfornyc)
He also said that hethe “center of the cryptocurrency industry” once he takes office in January. Since then, Adams has been (NYCCoin), and has even indicated plans to add .
Grinch: Brad Sherman
Who could forget Congressman Brad Sherman’sat the House Financial Services Committee earlier this month? Attempting to illustrate how easily different cryptocurrencies can dethrone each other, he asked, “what could Mongoose Coin do to Crypto Coin?” In response, the crypto community minted a batch of mongoose-inspired coins overnight.
Mongoose defeats Cobra
Mongoose defeats Hamster-like creature
This tweet is not intended to provide investment advice.
— Rep. Brad Sherman (@BradSherman)
Sherman has been the U.S. representative for California’s 30th congressional district since 2013, and hasfor almost as long. As previously reported by Cointelegraph, Sherman has reportedly received more than $100,000 in .
Santa: Matt West
Another pro-crypto politician who made waves this year is U.S. Democratic candidate Matt West, although he perhaps has ato the industry. West spends his days campaigning for the upcoming Democratic primary election in May 2022 for Oregon’s 6th Congressional District. By night, he is a decentralized finance (DeFi) strategist for Yearn.finance.
This is exactly the reason that we need a crypto-native person in Congress to represent and defend our community. You can count on me, but we need your help to get us to November 2022.
— Matt West for Congress (,) (@mattdwest)
Although his platform is mostly on par with his fellow Democrat representatives in congress on other issues like the environment and healthcare, he has been very outspoken about the benefits of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency. In a November interview with Cointelegraph, West said that “cryptocurrency should not be a partisan issue. It’s too big for that.”