BTC vs. XRP: Ripple CTO Takes a Swipe at Bitcoin Maximalists

Ripple’s CTO mocks Bitcoin maximalists in tongue-in-cheek tweet; continuing the rivalry between supporters of different cryptocurrencies.

David Schwartz standing in front of shattered Bitcoin.
  • Humorous tweets mocking Bitcoin maximalists have recently been made by Ripple’s CTO, David Schwartz.
  • Bitcoin maximalists have long believed XRP to be too centralized and that Ripple Labs has an excessive amount of control over the cryptocurrency.
  • Schwartz’s insinuations have hinted at a lack of respect for the opinions of Bitcoin maximalists.

Ripple’s CTO, David Schwartz, recently took to Twitter to lampoon Bitcoin maximalists in a tongue-in-cheek tweet. Schwartz, who is the mastermind behind XRP Ledger, replied to a tweet challenging users to identify seven out of ten tools depicted in pictures. He warned people not to click on the link, as it was merely pictures of Bitcoin maximalists

The joke insinuates that Bitcoin maximalists are tools themselves, suggesting that Schwartz does not hold their opinions in high regard. This is not the first time Schwartz has poked fun at staunch Bitcoin supporters. In a previous tweet, he proposed the notion of a haunted house filled with Bitcoin maximalists, mocking their often dogmatic and unwavering allegiance to BTC.


The crux of the humor behind these tweets lies in the ongoing rivalry between supporters of different cryptocurrencies, particularly Bitcoin and XRP, Ripple’s in-house digital asset. Bitcoin maximalists, who contend that the flagship cryptocurrency is the only digital asset with a meaningful future, have had an enduring feud with XRP and Ripple. 

They are adamant that XRP is too centralized and that the company behind it, Ripple Labs, wields too much influence over the cryptocurrency. Many Bitcoin maximalists argue that the existence of XRP runs contrary to the decentralized ethos of cryptocurrencies like BTC.

On the Flipside

  • While David Schwartz’s tweets may be amusing to some, they could be seen as unprofessional and disrespectful to others.
  • The rivalry between Bitcoin maximalists and XRP supporters is counterproductive for the industry as a whole.
  • The success of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology will depend on collaboration and innovation. Rather than engaging in tribalism and criticism, supporters of different cryptocurrencies should work towards finding common ground and building a stronger, more inclusive crypto community.

Why You Should Care

As two of the most well-known digital assets, the animosity between their respective supporters could impact the future of the crypto market. For Ripple, its reputation as a decentralized and reliable alternative to Bitcoin may hinge on its ability to gain wider acceptance from the crypto community, including Bitcoin maximalists. 

For Bitcoin maximalists, Ripple’s growing popularity presents a potential threat to Bitcoin’s status as the leading cryptocurrency. Understanding the dynamics of this rivalry can provide insight into the broader forces shaping the cryptocurrency market.


To learn more about the legal classification of XRP as a commodity and its potential impact on the cryptocurrency industry, read here:
SEC, Ripple and Commodities: XRP Gains 15% Amid Speculation

For more on the recent expansion of Bybit into Hong Kong amid increased regulatory scrutiny in the United States, read here:
Bybit Expands to Hong Kong Amidst Regulatory Crackdown in US

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Kyle Calvert

Kyle Calvert is a cryptocurrency news reporter for DailyCoin, specializing in Ripple, stablecoins, as well as price and market analysis news. Before his current role, Kyle worked as a student researcher in the cryptocurrency industry, gaining an understanding of how digital currencies work, their potential uses, and their impact on the economy and society. He completed his Masters and Honors degrees in Blockchain Technology within Esports and Business and Event management within Esports at Staffordshire University.