From Vermin Supreme campaign manager Desarae Lindsey:
As many of you are aware, Vermin Supreme has been running for President for quite some time now. Before, it was always a farce, a joke, a way to reveal the corruption and evil of the duopoly and pull aside the curtain. Whichever party he chose to “run in” was decided by which was pulling the most shenanigans of that election cycle. There was most certainly a method to the madness.
There are some who are concerned that this campaign is also a farce. I assure you, it is not.
What makes this one different?
Vermin was ready to hang up his boot hat and call it a day. He had certainly made a difference and had to have known that there would be others inspired to reveal and smash the duopoly that attempts to claim ownership of us. His hope was that more and more people were awake to the fact that the only ones who own us are, in fact, ourselves…he was inspired by seeing so many young people taking a stand and felt like perhaps it was time to retire and live his humble life in the woods.
But Donald Trump is the freakin President, y’all. Of the United States. HE HAS THE NUCLEAR CODES. A belligerent, rude, orange man occupies the highest office in one of the most rich, powerful, and corrupt countries on this planet. I mean, what world even IS this!?
I was on the phone with Paul Stanton one night, who ran for Congress in 2016 in Florida in a highly contested primary, which he SLAYED. As always, we were plotting out plans to solve the world’s problems. We started talking about how great it would be if Vermin Supreme were to run for the Libertarian nomination. He had, in fact, found his political home here and we had, in fact, embraced him. The more we spoke about it, the less silly it sounded, and by the end of the conversation we’d decided we were DEFINITELY going to ask him.
We both reached out to Vermin, and I believe it was I who actually got in touch with him first. I remember the conversation well. For the record, we’d joked on Facebook about him running back in 2018, but it was just that: a joke. It went no further at that time. However, probably because of that, I don’t think he was THAT surprised when I asked him to make a serious run for it – but he WAS definitely cautious and, dare I say, hesitant in even considering it. For him, this was uncharted territory. He’d never filed with the FEC, put together a serious organization, raised funds, or gone out of character publicly for long stints. But, to know Vermin is to love him, and even if you only know the satirical work he’s done, that alone displays his sheer brilliance.
He’s deeper than that, though. A few years back, Josh Barton had recommended I watch the Steve Onderick documentary “Who Is Vermin Supreme?”, and seeing that turned me into a legit, no-turning-back Vermin Supreme fangirl. I had only been aware of the satire. I was ignorant to all the direct action activism, all the de-escalation, all the mutual aid he’s done in private. (He is a VERY humble man. VERY. He NEVER talks about having given his Mother a kidney until asked about it, and even then he looks SO uncomfortable talking about having done something so selfless and heroic.)
Back to the conversation. I remember him laughing, seemingly uncomfortable at the thought of running seriously or even at all, but I laid out my case. To me, it was SO simple: This country is divided. There are people being physically harmed, even murdered, simply for BEING WHO THEY ARE. Racist and bigoted organizations were starting to emerge from the shadows and spew their hate in the light of day because they felt safe in doing so. When Trump was elected, I remember some of my GSM friends being legitimately scared, and I didn’t understand why at the time. Until I did.
This country desperately needs to heal. We need to re-embrace our humanity. Laughter is healing. The Libertarian message offers solutions. We have a beautiful platform, a beautiful demonstrable love for our fellow human beings. Vermin Supreme, to me, personifies all of these concepts: Laughter, Healing, Love. His middle name is Love! He possesses a certain gravitas that cannot be mimicked or captured. You can’t help but pay attention to him, and once that initial shock of “What the fuck even just HAPPENED!?” is over, you’re getting boot-pilled with the Libertarian message, and I have seen, throughout the (LONG) duration of this (VERY EXCITING) campaign, in person, how effective this is. To ALL walks of life, not JUST the young people – but dammit young people eat it up. My son is 23 and we have dedicated staffers on our team who are younger than him. They’re hungry for change. And, to them, Vermin Supreme represents that change.
“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible” is a quote by Frank Zappa that had a profound effect on my 14 year old self when I first heard it. It has since been my life’s mantra.
Vermin took a few weeks to get back to me. He had to soul search. He had to have serious discussions with his wife. He knew they would both have to make many sacrifices and their lives would be drastically changed. He knew he would be asked to do things he had never done before, as a serious campaign is a major contrast to a few months of trolling the duopoly primaries every 4 years. The more time went by after our phone call, the more nervous I got. To me, it was so obvious that he should do this, but I KNEW I was asking a lot of him. He finally called back and said, “Okay…..let’s do this.” And burst into uncontrollable laughter.
He offered himself to the movement because he knew it was important to us and that we believed with all of our hearts that only Vermin could bring about the change we so desperately hoped for in the many ways that he knew how.
We started building the campaign as soon as midterms were over. I’d managed several campaigns in 2018, run for Congress myself, and thought I would need to take a break, but I was ready to hit the ground running for him. I felt honored that he agreed to work with us. By January 2019, we had a full blown legitimate staff, a full blown legitimate campaign plan, and full blown legitimate love and passion in our hearts.
There was something special happening here. Over time, this team became a family. We love one another VERY deeply, and we want to welcome so many others into this movement. Once Spike was added to the team as Vermin’s running mate, we knew there was something unique and beautiful growing around them and it is the hope of #TeamSupreme that you will join us in boot-pilling the country. We’ve GOT to get the beautiful message of Laughter, Love, and Healing out to the general public and get as many eyes and ears on our beautiful platform and message as possible.
I really cannot stress enough what an honor it is to be a part of this. Regardless of whether we win the nomination, we will continue to work with one another in many other capacities, but DAMN I think our candidates would REALLY be THE VERY BEST nominees we could put forward.
I am really, truly #inonthejoke and hope you will be, too. #thisistheway