- Annabelle Liang
- BBC Economics Correspondent
Former US President Donald Trump has launched a set of non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, on which images of his various designs appear.
In some designs, Trump appears as a superhero, in others as astronauts, or as racing car drivers.
“These symbols, printed in limited quantities, depict the amazing art of my personal and professional life,” Trump said.
Last month, Trump announced his intention to run for the presidency for the third time.
There was anticipation this week, after Trump said he intended to announce “something”, and there was much speculation about what the upcoming announcement might be.
Some thought that he would announce the name of his partner in the presidential campaign, but instead, he posted a promotional clip on his social networking platform, Truth Social.
And in the snapshot he published, a moving image of the former president appeared in front of Trump Tower in New York, and his shirt was open, showing a superhero costume with the first letter of his name underneath, while laser beams emitted from his eyes.
Trump later said via “Truth Social” that the “souvenirs” he launched were “like a baseball card, but hopefully more exciting,” and added that the cards, which cost $ 99 each, would be “a great gift for Christmas.”
Ticket purchasers will take part in a raffle draw, the prizes of which will be a gala dinner or a game of golf with Trump.
NFT tokens are described as the digital form of rare collectibles that collectors used to collect, such as postage stamps or paintings. But its critics have warned of the dangers of putting it on the market.
“Unique souvenirs” in the digital world can be bought and sold like any other property, but they do not have a tangible form, and can be considered “virtual certificates of ownership” or “savings”.
Social media users mocked Trump’s announcement, and prominent figures in the Republican Party also spoke on the subject.
“I can’t go on with this,” Steve Bannon, a right-wing media commentator and former Trump strategist, reacted on a podcast.
He added that anyone associated with this project should be expelled.
Hinting at Trump, President Joe Biden said in a tweet on Twitter, “I’ve made some important announcements over the past two weeks,” and mentioned some of them and mentioned the decline in inflation, his signing of a bill to protect marriage, and the drop in the price of fuel.
Some have speculated that the memorabilia announced by Trump are intended to fund his court battles.
The memorabilia website stated that its proceeds will not be used to fund Trump’s presidential campaign, and that Trump, the Donald Trump Organization or any company associated with him does not own or manage these memorabilia.