Trump Promises Commutation for Silk Road Creator at Libertarian Convention

 May 26, 2024

At the recent Libertarian National Convention, former President Donald Trump made a significant pledge to the audience.

According to Fox News, in a sweeping promise, Trump vowed to commute the life sentence of Ross Ulbricht, the infamous founder of the Silk Road online marketplace, contingent on his re-election.

Trump's Announcement Cheers Libertarian Crowds

The atmosphere was electric inside the convention hall in Washington, D.C., as Trump made his announcement. Surrounding him were numerous attendees holding up "FREE ROSS" signs, symbolizing their support for Ulbricht, who has been in prison since 2015 for operating the notorious online drug trafficking site. Donald Trump stated that if voters chose to return him to the presidency, he would rectify what he implied was a severe injustice in Ulbricht's life sentence. Trump said, "If you vote for me, on day one I will commute the sentence of Ross Ulbricht, to a sentence of time served. He’s already served 11 years. We’re going to get him home."

Ross Ulbricht, now 40, was convicted and sentenced to life without parole for charges including drug trafficking and being implicated in plots of murder-for-hire, crimes stemming from his role in running the Silk Road from 2011 to 2013. The decision at the time was heavily influenced by allegations of drugs purchased through the Silk Road leading to fatal overdoses, as well as Ulbricht's involvement in violent crime schemes.

Trump's Prior Consideration of Ulbricht's Case

It was noted that during Trump's previous tenure in the White House, he had considered granting a pardon to Ulbricht but ultimately decided against it. The reasons for his past hesitation were not elaborated upon at the convention.

The former president, eyeing a new term, now seems committed to altering his earlier stance, potentially aligning with what he sees as the Libertarian view on justice reform and individual rights.

Alongside his announcement about Ulbricht, Trump also addressed concerns about the future of cryptocurrency in the United States, promising to safeguard the industry.

He specifically targeted policies under President Joe Biden and potential regulations advocated by Senator Elizabeth Warren, asserting that their approaches would infringe on the freedoms of cryptocurrency users.

In his speech, Trump detailed his approach to cryptocurrency and digital currency, positioning himself as a protector of decentralized financial systems. In a powerful statement, he declared, "We're going to stop it. I will ensure that the future of crypto and the future of Bitcoin will be made in the USA, not driven overseas. I will support the right of self-custody. To the nation's 50 million crypto holders, I say this: with your vote, I will keep [Senator] Elizabeth Warren and her goons away from your bitcoin. And I will never allow the creation of a central bank digital currency."


The interconnectivity of Trump's promises showcases a strategic approach targeting libertarian and tech-savvy voters, emphasizing freedoms in both the digital and real world.

This move has not only fired up potential libertarian voters but also reignited discussions on the legal interpretations and sentencing severities for technology-related crimes.

As the US edges closer to the next presidential election, these discussions and promises could play a pivotal role in shaping voter inclinations, particularly among those concerned with justice reforms and digital rights.

Trump's pledges at the Libertarian Convention mark a strong appeal to libertarian voters and those invested in digital currency freedoms, stressing his intent to reform what he deems injustices in both the penal system and financial regulation.

About Victor Winston

Victor is a freelance writer and researcher who focuses on national politics, geopolitics, and economics.

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