Livestreamer Tim Pool interviews satirical candidate Vermin Supreme

By Muriel Kane
Sunday, July 15, 2012 21:01 EDT
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Vermin Supreme at HOPE9 screencap
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Vermin Supreme, who is perhaps the best known gag candidate for president during the current election year, is often taken to be no more than a loveable eccentric.

During an interview with livestreamer Tim Pool at the HOPE9 conference on Saturday, however, anarchist and performance artist Supreme, whose platform is based on free ponies, mandatory tooth-brushing, and zombie preparedness, showed himself to be very much in control of the image he projects.

“I have become one of the more well-known [candidates] by utilizing humor, absurdity in my presentation and in my appearance,” he explained. “I’m all about simple, elegant, and effective, and when I wear the rubber boot on my head, it draws a lot of attention.”

“Free speech is very important,” Supreme stated earnestly, “and I am exercising it to the fullest of my abilities by putting myself on the front line. My candidacy, it may be farcical, but I am there in the real life, interacting with real life people, real life police, real life Secret Service agents, real life candidates, and I am doing it because I am representing my constituencies.”

This video was uploaded to YouTube by Timcasts on July 14, 2012.

Muriel Kane
Muriel Kane
Muriel Kane is an associate editor at Raw Story. She joined Raw Story as a researcher in 2005, with a particular focus on the Jack Abramoff affair and other Bush administration scandals. She worked extensively with former investigative news managing editor Larisa Alexandrovna, with whom she has co-written numerous articles in addition to her own work. Prior to her association with Raw Story, she spent many years as an independent researcher and writer with a particular focus on history, literature, and contemporary social and political attitudes. Follow her on Twitter at @Muriel_Kane
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