According to Wikipedia, “Vermin Supreme” is indeed his real, legal name. Reporters know him as that prankster who seems to show up at every major political event wearing a boot on his head and trying to build support for his gadfly presidential bid. He was there again Monday at the Republican convention with a contingent of Occupy Wall Street protesters. They were being watched by an even-larger contingent of National Guardsmen.
“We are here to petition the government for a redress of grievances and the only government officials we have to talk to are the police,” Mr. Supreme said.
And what are those grievances? Well, in his case, not your typical Occupy complaints. Mr. Supreme explained:
“Our platform is: zombie preparedness; harnessing zombies for labor; research into time travel so we can go back in time and kill Hitler; and, free ponies for all Americans,” he said.
He added: “People ask, Vermin, are you planning on using ponies as currency? The answer is no.”
Asked if he would would consider dropping out and endorsing one of the major party candidates, Mr. Supreme said, “Hell, no. Why would I do that? I just got Jimmy McMillan of The Rent Is Too Damn High Party as my vice presidential candidate.”
It’s unlikely this is what the original Occupy Wall street protesters had in mind for their movement.