Navigate Left
  • The Exponent has received another first-place award at the national level recently.

    Campus News

    The Exponent won first-place award again at the American Scholastic Press Association

  • Kierra Mykel (left) stands next to Courtney Robinson (right) at the Black Cultural Center.

    Campus News

    Female students celebrate female faculty, grateful for their mentorship

  • Environment

    Review: Taylor Swift’s “The Tortured Poets Department” album induces both dancing and crying, and sometimes at the same time

  • Local Berea café, Café Ah-Roma, hosted U.S. House of Representatives candidate on April 13.


    U.S. House candidate holds meet and greet at Café Ah-Roma

  • Bonds Hall is where President Bob Helmers office is located.

    BW Deficit

    Board of Trustees to compile list of proposed program cuts by September

  • The poster for New Works Festival that is taking place today on Kleists Mainstage.

    The Expression

    New Works Festival features short plays to replace annual 10-minute Play Festival

  • The BW Esports team at the Greater Lakes Esports Conference

    Campus News

    BW Esports Several Time Champions

  • Students participate in the April Reign festivities at Wallace Lake.


    Class officers seek an inclusive April Reign

  • BFA Acting 2024 graduates, who will preimere their digital showcase Saturday in Kleists Mainstage Theatre for the BW and Berea community.

    The Expression

    BFA acting seniors demonstrate skills in digital Senior showcase

  • The BW Beatles play their songs in the lobby of the Boesel Musical Arts Center.

    The Expression

    BW Beatles perform ‘Abbey Road’ for 2024 run

Navigate Right
Informing the  Berea and Baldwin Wallace University Communities Since 1913

The Exponent

Informing the  Berea and Baldwin Wallace University Communities Since 1913

The Exponent

Informing the  Berea and Baldwin Wallace University Communities Since 1913

The Exponent

Satirist Presidential Candidate Vermin Supreme stops in Cleveland

Simon Skoutas
Vermin Supreme cracks jokes and shared his policy goals at Spotlight Cleveland Tuesday.

Satirist presidential candidate Vermin Supreme held an event in Cleveland bar, Spotlight Cleveland, Tuesday night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on his way through Ohio for his 2024 presidential campaign.

During the event, Supreme rocked his signature style of choice, a boot on his head, and spoke about his main policy goals if elected: mandatory tooth-brushing, free ponies for all Americans and an increase of “zombie preparedness.”

Supreme warned the audience before the start of the show of new “scientific evidence” that is helping to catch terrorists as a segway into a classic fart joke.

“If during tonight’s performance you smell what you believe, may be human flatulence or a biological weapon, please do you patriotic duty and stand up and say loudly and proudly and clearly, ‘Hey did somebody fart?'” Supreme said.

Story continues below advertisement

Despite his satirirical appearance, Supreme has been able to gather support in his 36 years of campaigning such winning fourth place in the 2016 New Hampshire Democratic primary and first place during the New Hampshire Libertarian Pirmary in 2020 and ultimatly falling third for the party nationally.

Supreme was also able to gather a significant crowd in the Cleveland bar.

“I just know that I have a lot of fans here and that I resonate with a lot of people,” Supreme said.

One supporter who came out to see Supreme was Jude Miller, a 37 year old Lakewood resident. Miller said that he would definitely vote for Supreme in the future, and that Supreme represents his anti-establishement political sentiment.

“Hilary, Trump everything’s a joke,” Miller said. “And Vermin Supreme is, to me, the face of the joke.”

Supreme said that he does enjoy delegitimizing the political establishment, but that he is weary of other movements which do not use humor positively.

“The far-right have sort of picked up that, using humor to do horrible things, whereas I try and do uplifting, entertaining things with the humor,” Supreme said. “I think having a distrust of government is a good and healthy thing to do and I’ve obviosuly been doing that for quite some time. You know, it’s easy, it’s like pissing on a fish in a barrel.”

Another supporter of Supreme’s who came out to his event, Heather Hughes, said that they wrote him onto their ballot twice and that they enjoy that Supreme is not a part of the political machine running in one of the two major parties. Hughes said that behind the performance, Supreme is an “eye-opener.”

“I feel like the two-party system has outlived itself,” Hughes said. “When you have people saying things like ‘vote blue no matter who’ and ‘lesser of two evils’ it’s ridiculous.”

While Supreme’s policy goals are mostly humorous, there are some genuine opinions which Supreme platforms. For example, next to Supreme’s merchandise stand, was a sign which told voters to “Vote Yes On Issue 2,” Ohio’s marijuana legalization ballot measure which Ohioans will vote for on Nov. 7. The measure would legalize marijuana while applying regulations to treat marijuana similarly to alcohol.

“So, you know, I’m a libertarian,” Supreme said. “I don’t mind if people want to inbide in any sort of substance, and I’m against the law where the government is telling you what you can and cannot do with your body.”

Supreme is currently campaigning and said that he may receive the Primary Matching Fund, which is a fund provided to you by the Federal Election Commision matching your individual donations if a candidate receives over $5000 in 20 states from individual donations.

“We raised more money in Ohio than any other state so far,” Supreme said.

Correction: This story incorrectly had Nov. 8 as the day of the upcoming election as opposed to Nov. 7. The story was fixed as of Oct. 12.

View Comments (1)
Donate to The Exponent
Our Goal

The Exponent is looking for financial contributions to support our staff and our newsroom in producing high-quality, well-reported and accurate journalism. Thank you for taking the time to consider supporting our student journalists.

More to Discover
Donate to The Exponent
Our Goal

Comments (1)

Hate speech, abuse, bullying or threats of any kind will not be tolerated. Spam, advertising and illegal material are prohibited.
All THE EXPONENT Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • M

    MarcOct 8, 2023 at 9:51 pm

    “Ohio’s marijuana legalization ballot measure which Ohioans will vote for on Nov. 8.”

    It should be noted that election day is Tuesday, November 7, not Wednesday, November 8.