Jimmy McMillan is best known as the founder and leader of the Rent Is Too Damn High party in New York state.
He is also a perennial candidate for public office, having run for Governor of New York in 2010, President in 2012 and in a number of other races dating back to the early 1990s.
He is running for office again in 2016, this time for president as a member of the Republican Party.
Perhaps only in the strange show that is the 2016 GOP primary for president would McMillan’s candidacy actually make sense.
It still doesn’t, but in a race with the likes of Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Carly Florina leading the pack, McMillan actually sounds like a viable alternative.
He has a plan to unite young people to form a quasi-conservative counterweight to the Tea Party in the GOP.
He also really doesn’t like Democrats; believing that the party manipulates minorities to vote for them and blames President Barack Obama for much of the nation’s issues.
If you close your eyes and ignore the periodic conspiracy theories that he spouts in a reserved tone, then you can almost envision McMillan on the debate stage next to Bobby Jindal and George Pataki. (If not Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee.)
In a phone interview with Rise News, McMillan said that he was running as a Republican so he could reach out to young people.
“My job is to put the presidency in perspective. They’re [his opponents] all contributors to the failures of this nation,” McMillan said in a phone conversation last week. “We’re at the crossroads right now where the candidates running for president don’t really know what’s going on in America.”
McMillan came to national fame in 2010 when he basically hijacked a debate for New York Governor and pressed his famous message, a screed against the high cost of living in the City into nearly every answer he gave- “the rent is too damn high!”
Five years on from that viral campaign and McMillan is back to being being a fairly obscure figure. But his message and ideology have remained pretty consistent. He wants to lower the high cost of living in the country and things that statewide leaders are clueless on how to get it done.
He has special scorn for the current and former governors running for president in 2016.
“If they [governors] would have reduced the cost of living in their states, then we’d be in a different position but they didn’t do that,” McMillan said. “The governors need to come to my class to learn how to create jobs in their states.”
McMillan said that he also has an agenda for how to take America back over from “third world countries”, something that he contends is a legitimate thing.
Greg Fisher, a teacher from Long Island is his running mate. Because why not?
Here’s what a McMillan/Fisher administration would bring to America:
-Supports canceling student loan debts for all Americans.
-Wants to bring martial arts to the White House for national demonstrations.
-Supports reducing the cost of living while also encouraging wealthy people to spend more money to spur economic growth.
-Improving the Veterans benefits system.
If you look past the martial arts thing, those are actually legitimate, close to mainstream political views.
So why should we take this person any less seriously than Donald Trump?
Like Trump, McMillan is also really quotable. Here’s some of the best verbatims from our 45 minute conversation:
“I endorsed Deez Nutz, he’s only 15 but he sees what’s wrong with this nation.”
“We have a precedent right now, not a president,” McMillan said in reference to President Obama being the first African-American president.
“The Democratic Party has used the minority people to get elected. The’ve used ministers, who I think are the biggest nincompoops in the world to brainwash minorities.”
“I have nothing to say about Trump. He’s not saying anything about policy, he’s just talking about Trump.”
” When I ran in 2012, I wanted Donald Trump to be my running mate.”
“Here in New York, you have a mayor and a governor who are stuck on stupid.”
“I’m a Vietnam vet. The Viet Cong almost caught me but I knew two things: how to speak Vietnamese and how to smile.”
“Even if the whitest guy in America found out that he has that nigger in him then it would make a difference,” McMillan said while talking about educating all Americans about our common African ancestry.
“I’m not African-American. I’m Jimmy McMillan, I’m a Vietnam veteran.”
“We’re not trying to reach out to conservatives. We’re trying to get young people to vote. When mommy and daddy go to the polls, try to put some butter on the ground or a banana peel on the ground to get them to slip so they don’t vote.”
“I want to talk to the people in the street. I want to be the father of the country. It’s time for daddy to say its all alright. I’ll be daddy.”
Well what say you America? Ready to call Jimmy McMillan daddy? That probably beats the hell out of calling Donald Trump Mr. President.
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