As crazy as it sounds, there are now Bitcoin maximalists (Bitcoiners) “shilling” Tron, the controversial cryptocurrency of enigmatic Chinese entrepreneur Justin Sun. Yes, you read that right, some of Bitcoin’s biggest proponents are promoting an altcoin.
But why? Why would this subset of the community do something seemingly so out of character?
Well, that’s a bit of a story.
It began with Udi Wertheimer
If you’ve been on Crypto Twitter at all, you likely know of Udi Wertheimer, a self-described “Bitcoiner,” “Coder,” and “Troll.” For the longest time, Wertheimer has been vocal against Ethereum, which he has branded as “slow,” “inefficient,” and “inflexible” on multiple occasions.
✅proven to be censorship resistant so far
❌complete lack of business skills
❌tyrants censoring whatever they dislike
— Udi Wertheimer (@udiWertheimer) November 12, 2019
Alongside bashing the second-largest cryptocurrency, Wertheimer has shilled Tron, touting the altcoin’s high block throughput, transaction count, fast development, and so on and so forth—as a seeming joke, no less.
The commentators’ Twitter trolling even reached a point where Justin Sun (potentially jokingly) offered to send Wertheimer one million TRX tokens — valued at over $20,000 as of the time of this article’s writing.
Wertheimer’s “pro-Tron” rhetoric, so to say, has created quite some buzz within Bitcoin circles over recent months.
The reason: by promoting Tron, Bitcoin maximalists had managed to strike a nerve of Ethereum’s largest proponents (Ethereans), who have long been at a digital war with the maximalists.