Bitcoin leads crypto selloff after Trump calls it a “scam”

Cryptocurrencies continue to be volatile as they plunged on Tuesday morning amid a sell-off after former US president Donald Trump said bitcoin was a “scam”.

“Bitcoin, it just seems like a scam,” he told Fox Business. “I don’t like it because it’s another currency competing against the dollar… I want the dollar to be the currency of the world. That’s what I’ve always said.”

Back in 2019 when he was president, he had said he was “not a fan” of cryptocurrencies.

In a tweet, he had said at the time cryptos “facilitate unlawful behaviour, including drug trade and other illegal activity”

Bitcoin was down 8.5%, to trade at $32,871 ($23,252).

Ethereum (ETH-USD) — the world’s second largest crypto by market cap — fell about 9% and was trading at $2,498. Meme-inspired dogecoin (DOGE-USD) plunged 12.6% to trade at $0.324.

Trump’s comments weren’t the only thing pulling down cryptos. Coindesk noted: “Bitcoin’s price has fallen to its lowest point in over a week as traders stare down prospects of shifting US monetary policy and continued tightening of regulation of cryptocurrencies in China.”

Cryptocurrencies had a turbulent weekend following reports Chinese social media site Weibo suspended “key opinion leaders” (KOL), reigniting fears of further crack down in the country.

Further action from the country is expected which would link crypto more directly with criminal law, the Guardian reported, citing analysts and a financial regulator.

“Bitcoin price is falling out of love once again and it seems like that bulls are losing more grounds,” said Naeem Aslam, chief market analyst at Ava Trade.

“Bitcoin price has slipped further from its critical range of 38 to 35K, and now it seems like that the price may be retesting the 30K price level once again.”

He said: “Traders need to keep their eyes on the 30 minute time frame… because on this time frame, we are likely to see the bullish signs emerging first”, adding “we also see that the relative strength index is way oversold and this means that the bitcoin price is likely to see some bounce back in its price very soon.”

Meanwhile the CEO of investment app Yield said if bitcoin “can break through $38,000 we may see it trend back up to its medium-term average of around $47,000 and potentially beyond.”

But he said “this does not seem likely, not least due to news coming from Goldman Sachs which reports that very few of its fund managers are considering bitcoin as a long-term investment.”

As for ethereum, he believes “if it falls below $2,500 dollars we may see it tumble quite sharply toward $1,800. However, the long-term use case for ethereum remains extremely strong, as the blockchain is the home of the new digital economy.”