Less than a month after Brian Armstrong declared Coinbase should “be laser focused on achieving its mission,” he seemingly violated his own policy by tweeting a political post riddled with falsehoods… during business hours.
In an Oct. 23 tweet from Armstrong’s personal account, the Coinbase CEO posted a link to a blog written by Rob Rhinehart on Kanye West’s presidential run with the tagline “epic post.”
— Brian Armstrong (@brian_armstrong) October 23, 2020
Rhinehart’s Twitter account is no longer available for unknown reasons, although its absence may be related to the inaccuracies and outright falsehoods contained in the post — even if it were written as satire, as some have speculated.
These lies include the claim that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son “killed himself” — in fact Beau Biden died from brain cancer in 2015. Twitter previously locked the New York Post’s account for an article making unverified claims about Hunter Biden.
The blog post, entitled “Why I am Voting for Kanye West,” also seemingly goes against Armstrong’s stance on expressing political views at the crypto firm.
Do as I say, not as I do
In September, Armstrong wrote a controversial blog post claiming Coinbase’s mission did not include advocating “for any particular causes or candidates internally that are unrelated to our mission because it is a distraction from our mission.”
“We won’t debate causes or political candidates internally that are unrelated to work,” stated Armstrong at the time. He added that Coinbase employees should not “expect the company to represent our personal beliefs externally.”
Members of the crypto community moved between accusing the Coinbase CEO of outright hypocrisy for making a political statement — at 12:12 PM PST on a business day, assuming Armstrong works similar hours to those of his employees.
“Calling this ‘epic’ shows…