The self-described "cybersecurity legend" who created the first commercial antivirus software is promising to defeat both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton by running as the Libertarian Party's candidate in the November general election.
"If I can't win ... the Libertarians should just give up," John McAfee said in an interview with U.S. News and World Report. "This is the only chance we have, this opportunity to enter a clown show dressed as and acting like the people who are actually suffering in this country. Trust me, I'll have no problem whatsoever winning this election.
"When I travel, I'm constantly stopped by people asking for photos. I'm not tooting my own horn, but I have the ability to reach the people. They will listen because I have a checkered background and I may say something interesting," McAfee said.
McAfee founded McAfee Associates in 1987, from which he became a multimillionaire as a software developer. He has gained a more eccentric reputation over the last several years, most notably for fleeing Belize when he was sought for questioning over the death of one of his neighbors in the country. He currently lives in Tennessee.
In the interview published Wednesday, McAfee expressed his dissatisfaction with the way that Trump and Clinton were running their campaigns, denouncing what he said were personal attacks by each of the candidates. He also suggested their candidacies hurt America's reputation around the globe.
"This personalization of politics has become absurd, and you realize what a farce and a laughingstock America has made of itself. Do you think the Russians are respecting us now? No, they're rolling on the floor laughing," he said. "We should be ashamed of ourselves to the core as Americans that this political charade has reached the level that it has reached. Ashamed. Truly ashamed."
McAfee has said some of his top issues include legalizing drugs and improving cybersecurity. He made headlines last month for offering to break into an iPhone used by terrorists during the December attack in San Bernardino, Calif., that the FBI has had difficulty opening.
The agency, he said, was unable to find competent talent because it "will not hire anyone with a 24-inch purple mohawk, 10-gauge ear piercings, a tattooed face, who demands to smoke weed while working and won't work for less than a half-million dollars a year."
For Americans seeking the most unique choice, McAfee said on Wednesday, he will have the most appeal come November.
"You might expect someone unexpected. My wife is black, my life is checkered and I am outside the box," McAfee said.