Vermin Supreme

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Vermin Supreme
Vermin Supreme 2012.jpg

Vermin Supreme in January 2012
Born Rockport, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Education Gloucester High School
Occupation Performance artist, anarchist, and activist
Years active 1984 – present
Home town Baltimore

Vermin Love Supreme[1] is an American performance artist and activist who is known for running as an alternative candidate in various local, state, and national elections in the United States.[2][3][4] Supreme is known for wearing a boot as a hat and carrying a large toothbrush.[5] He has said that if elected President of the United States, he will pass a law requiring people to brush their teeth.[2][6][7][8] He also campaigned in 2012 on a platform of zombie apocalypse awareness (and zombie-based energy plan) andtime travel research,[9] and he promises a free pony for every American.[10] Supreme claims to mock the political system.[2][11] In 2011, he participated in the Occupy Boston protests.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Supreme, who does not disclose his birth name,[citation needed] was born in and grew up near Boston, Massachusetts[13] and is said to be the oldest of three children.[1] He graduated from Gloucester High School in the 1980s, then moved to Baltimore to attend art school, but he dropped out and began booking bands for underground clubs.[14]

In 1986, he joined the Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament in protest of nuclear weapons.[1] From 1987 onward, he began running for public office.[15] He legally changed his name to Vermin Supreme in the 1990s while still in Baltimore.[1]

In 2006, Supreme donated one of his kidneys to save his mother.[1] He is married and has no children.[1]

Political views[edit]

Supreme discussed his political views in a 2008 promotional video. He stated he was registered as a Republican at that time, but that he leaned toward anarchism. He asserted that libertarians “are just about abolishing the government and letting shit fall where it may”,[16] which he called a mistake; he also asserted that Republicans want to nullify the government, but “offer no alternative to helping people other than charity”.[16] Supreme’s vision of anarchism holds no need for government, but depends on citizens to take responsibility for themselves and for others, citing “mutual aid and support and care to our fellow citizens” as key elements. To that end, Supreme called for a gradual dismantling of the government, while citizens take up the slack. He asserted that Americans do not know anymore how to be citizens, placing some of the blame on schools that teach in “very twisted and jingoistic fashion”.[16]

In the video, Supreme discussed his presidential campaign. He describes his “joke humor” campaign as a response to the lies people are fed by the media and by the government.[16]


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Vermin Supreme working the crowds during the New Hampshire primary


Supreme campaigned in the Washington, DC Presidential primary in 2004,[15] where he received 149 votes.[17]


Supreme campaigned in the New Hampshire Republican primary in 2008. He received 41 votes (0.02%) in the New Hampshire primary. According to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), he also received 43 votes, nationally, in the general election.[18]


Supreme glitter bombs Randall Terryduring a forum at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College in December 2011.

Vermin Supreme campaigned as a Democrat in the 2012 U.S. presidential election.[19][20][21]

The following are some of the milestones in this campaign:

  • April 14, 2011: Participated in the First Debate of the New Election Cycle at the IGLO Dissidents’ Convention which also includedJimmy McMillan, Jill Stein and others.[22][23]
  • October 29, 2011: He participated in a satirical debate against a representative of the campaign of deceased British occultistAleister Crowley.[25]
  • In May 2012, he visited the second largest regional high school in Maine to give a speech about his campaign style to a government class.[30]
  • August 25, 2012: Supreme announced his new political party, the Free Pony Party, and that he has chosen fellow fringe opponent Jimmy McMillan as his running mate. Conversely, McMillan stated he was still running for president on his own Rent Is Too Damn High platform, and that Supreme would be McMillan’s running mate.[33]
  • October 5, 2012: He participated in a debate hosted by Peter Schiff in the Peter Schiff Radio Show, which featured a panel of overlooked presidential candidates includingJimmy McMillan on the Rent Is Too Damn High Party ticket; Santa Claus, independent write-in candidate, and Edgar Lawson, write-in Republican presidential candidate.[34]


Supreme is making another presidential run in 2016.[35] He has embarked on a tour of 20 cities to build support for his campaign and is seeking to qualify for matching funds from the Federal Election Commission (FEC).[35][36]

Film career[edit]

Supreme co-wrote and stars in the 2009 film Vote Jesus: The Chronicles of Ken Stevenson in which he poses as a right-wing political candidate to gain access into the world of American fundamentalism.[37][38]

In 2012, Supreme starred in a web series entitled Learnin’ With Vermin that uses a fictional version of his presidential campaign as a platform to teach political concepts such as voting methods.[39]

A documentary following Supreme on the 2012 campaign trail and exploring his life and work as an activist and political prankster called Who Is Vermin Supreme? An Outsider Odyssey was funded through a Kickstarter campaign and premiered at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival on April 9, 2014.[40] The film was directed by Minneapolis-based filmmaker Steve Onderick and features founder of the Rent is Too Damn High Party, Jimmy McMillan, and Boston-based singer-songwriter and comedian Rob Potylo.[41] [42]

Supreme has also collaborated with performance artist, activist, and musician Rob Potylo in the web series Quiet Desperation. [43]


List of acting performances in film and television[44]
Title Year Role Notes
Who Is Vermin Supreme? An Outsider Odyssey 2014 himself documentary
Learnin’ With Vermin 2012 himself educational
Vote Jesus: The Chronicles of Ken Stevenson (documentary) 2009 Ken Stevenson film
2008 Uncut 2008 himself TV series
Winning New Hampshire 2004 himself documentary

See also

Events in E. Ukraine ‘beginning of ethnic cleansing campaign’

Published time: July 05, 2014 16:40

Any future peace talks between Kiev and the self-proclaimed eastern republics will be about their surrender, Daniel McAdams, the Executive Director of the Ron Paul Institute, told RT, adding that Ukrainian authorities are carrying out ethnic cleansing.

RT: Do you agree with President Poroshenko that civilians are not being targeted and the army is liberating the east of the country?

Daniel McAdams: Well unless it is the most elaborate deception campaign in the history of propaganda, everything that I’ve seen has shown that the jets and the military from Kiev are decimating villages. And I think it should not be a surprise because the new president has already said, “We will attack, and liberate our land,” but the members of his administration have referred to the people in the east as sub-humans, insects and other things. So you first dehumanize the population and then you begin an ethnic campaign. And I think that is what you are seeing in the east now is the beginning of an ethnic cleansing campaign. We have already seen that 100,000-plus have fled to Russia. So this is the administration that has used deception and lies in the past and I think we’re seeing it again.

RT: But if you say it’s an ethnic cleansing campaign, then to what end? I mean, even though these people are living in the east of Ukraine and their tendencies and their sympathies may lie with Russia, they are still Ukrainian citizens.

DM: That is correct but they also are disconnected from Kiev. It is very ironic, today in the US we’re celebrating the 238th anniversary of our Independence Day where we broke away from an unelected tyrannical government far away. Yet, the same US government is now doing its very best to suppress the people in east Ukraine who want the very same thing – just the ability to secede from a government that they feel is oppressive and does not represent their views. So it is actually a sad irony sitting here in the US celebrating Independence Day.

AFP Photo / Alexander Khudoteply

AFP Photo / Alexander Khudoteply

RT: President Poroshenko is proposing a new time and place for the negotiations with these republics. How committed do you think he is to those talks?

DM: Well, he is committed but his position has already been clear: you have to surrender or be killed. So, I think the talks, unless I’m mistaken and it is very possible, I hope I am mistaken, but the talks will nearly be about the conditions of their surrender. So those are not really talks in the true sense of the word. So it is hard to be optimistic about it.

RT: So what kind of result do you think will come from them?

DM: I do not think much will come from them, again unless I’m terribly mistaken. If you look at this post-coup government in Kiev, this really is an Orange Revolution 2.0. Look down at the persons, to the people who have been appointed – they are all Yushchenko’s retreads, they are all cronies of Poroshenko, billionaire oligarchs. So this is nothing new. If this was a revolution to get rid of corruption and to start afresh, it is a remarkable way of doing it. So I think I do not expect anything different at all, except that this is way more violent than the Orange Revolution 1.0.