Thursday, January 11, 2018

Vermin Supreme Wins Legal Struggle to Include Two Ponies in His Demonstration at New Hampshire Bookstore

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On December 1, 2017, Vermin Supreme, who describes himself as “a political activist who has run for various elected offices since the 1980’s including President of the United States” filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Concord, New Hampshire. He wanted to bring two ponies to his demonstration outside a bookstore at which Hillary Clinton was signing copies of her book “What Happened.” The city had said he needed a permit to do that, and refused him a permit. His lawsuit was Supreme v City of Concord, 1:17cv-670.
On December 4, the city agreed that if he dismissed his lawsuit, he could carry out his demonstration in a parking lot across the street from the bookstore, with the ponies. He then carried out that protest on the day of the book-signing, December 5. The rationale for his desire to include ponies in his protest is that Clinton’s book included a satiric imaginary conversation with Bernie Sanders, in which Sanders said, “I think America should get a pony” and Clinton responded, “How will you pay for the pony? Where will the pony come from? How will you get Congress to agree to the pony?” Supreme said in his own runs for president, he had always promised a free pony to every American. See this story.
When Supreme has run for president, he has filed to appear in presidential primaries. He has never been on the ballot in the general election.

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