The coronavirus pandemic has caused an unprecedented global economic crisis, not unlike the 2008 global financial crisis that led to bitcoin’s creation.
A number of investors have turned to bitcoin in recent months to combat the inflation they see coming as a result of the unprecedented coronavirus stimulus measures the U.S. Federal Reserve and other central banks have pumped into the system.
Now, with the bitcoin price following other so-called safe-haven assets like gold higher over the last week, U.S. Congressman Tom Emmer has said he expects bitcoin to “get stronger” as the world emerges from the coronavirus crisis.
“As we come out of the crisis, bitcoin isn’t going away,” U.S. representative Tom Emmer (R-MN) told bitcoin and crypto investor Anthony Pompliano, speaking during an interview on Pompliano’s popular podcast, adding bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are going to “continue to become more and more important.”
“[Bitcoin is] going to get stronger. You just watch, it has value, when something has value, people are going to take risks and it’s going to advance.”
Emmer pointed to recent developments, including U.S. regulators last week authorizing banks to provide custody for cryptocurrencies, as the kind of progress that will bring bitcoin and crypto into the mainstream.
Emmer also criticized modern centralized monetary systems, going back to the U.S. departure from the gold standard in the 1970s.
“There are things happening that are going to disrupt the centralized nature of our society. We’re about to blow that whole thing up, because of the pandemic, I believe,” Emmer said.
Bitcoin is powered by decentralized blockchain technology that replaces centralized authority with a distributed network. Using blockchain, some think governments will be able to move away from top-down, centralized systems.
“I think we’re just moving into that next phase, which is why crypto, the area, excites me.”
Emmer has advocated for decentralized and blockchain-powered innovation in the past, calling for the U.S. government to take advantage of cryptocurrency technology.
Just this week, he co-signed a letter to the IRS, requesting the U.S. tax agency create a policy that supports the protocols used to create some cryptocurrencies, known as proof-of-stake.
Earlier this year, he raised concerns that regulation could ultimately smother innovation and called on the U.S. government to provide more regulatory clarity for the crypto industry.
“We’re not going backward when it comes to the internet superhighway,” Emmer told Pompliano. “We’ve got to go forward.”
Emmer also used the recent Twitter hack, where high-profile Twitter accounts were hijacked and used to promote a bitcoin scam, to lend his support to bitcoin.
“Bitcoin isn’t the problem,” he tweeted in the wake of the attack. “Centralized control is.”