Kanye West wasn’t the only Hollywood name who announced his presidential candidacy on July 4.
Childhood Disney actor and star of the 1992 cult classic “The Mighty Ducks,” Brock Pierce, also threw his hat into the ring as an independent candidate – and is continuing to gain steam on the 2020 ballot with a tech-centered platform.
“I am very concerned about our country’s future, the nation is very divided, and we are doomed if we don’t do something different. Technology is possibly the most important issue,” Pierce, a 39-year-old father of two, told Fox News. “The U.S. is meant to be the capital of innovation, but we are falling behind. Technology is neither good nor bad, it is a tool, and it depends on how we use it.”
From his lens, the key to progress and the mandate of “life, liberty, and happiness” – as well as keeping in lockstep with rising global superpowers like China – is all in the name of cryptocurrency. Pierce says it would add trillions to the U.S. economy if implemented effectively by the federal government.
The Minnesota-born former screen sensation appeared in commercials as a small child, before scoring a young Gordan Bombay in “The Mighty Ducks” and a bevy of other prominent roles in the likes of the 1996 film “First Kid” – his first foray into Oval Office life – as well as “Little Big League” and “Ripper Man.”
But by the age of 16, Pierce had had his fill of the lights and camera – instead, moving his acting skills into the realm of entrepreneurship, venture capital and tech startups. However, he credits the early fame and fortune to pushing him into greater strides – including a virtually impossible bid for the top job.
“Performance skills don’t hurt, and public speaking skills also help,” Pierce said. “I’ve also been able to really reinvent myself, and am very comfortable stepping outside the box. If it’s not mission important, I am not interested.”
Pierce – whose running mate is FINTECH leader Karla Ballard – is on the ballot in at least 15 states and is appealing to have his name surface on an additional five. By comparison, West has made it onto 12.
Last month, the retired actor recruited two-time Grammy-nominated artist, hip-hop mogul and cryptocurrency impresario Akon as his campaign manager and even received an endorsement from the New York Independence Party, which has some half a million members statewide.
“Brock Pierce is clearly the best candidate for our times. The world is changing, and we need a President of the United States who understands how to leverage science, technology, and the digital economy to improve people’s lives,” Chairman Frank MacKay said in a statement. “Brock Pierce is the kind of principled leader that can move this nation forward and create a new major party in America based in common sense and moderate policies to counteract the highly partisan nature of the current electoral landscape.”
As a teen, Pierce moved from acting and immediately into the digital entertainment space, joining as a minor partner in what he dubs the “first YouTube” – a video content platform entitled Digital Entertainment Network (DEN).
The ensuing decades saw him dip into everything from venture capital to co-founding the crypto Tether to being elected the director of the Bitcoin Foundation in 2014. Four years later, Forbes labeled Pierce one of the top 20 wealthiest people in crypto, touting an estimated net worth between $700 million and $1.1 billion.
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