Pursuing presidential candidacy is a struggle for people, especially if they’re not used to the spotlight. These strange presidential candidates from the past will make you think that having Donal Trump as president might not be so bad, after all. Don’t believe us? Check them out for yourself below!
Number Five: Limberbutt McCubbins. Limberbutt McCubbins has a strange name. And, well, that’s because Limberbutt McCubbins is a cat. McCubbins is owned by a Kentucky senior student named Emilee McCubbins, and before you stop us and say that a cat can’t run for president, you’re wrong. There’s no law that prohibits animals from running for office.
Number Four: Stephen Colbert. Though Stephen Colbert is probably not a worse presidential candidate than Donald Trump, he certainly was a strange one. He pursued, with questionable legitimacy, the presidential candidacy as a democrat in his home state of South Carolina in the 2008 elections, but he was forced to end his campaign in 2007. One upside to his ended candidacy is that it meant more Colbert Report for everybody.
Number Three: Jello Biafra. Frontman for the band Dead Kennedys Jello Biafra ran for president with one of the strangest running mates ever. He chose Mumia Abu-Jamal as his running mate, a man who had been convicted of killing a police officer in Philadelphia in 1981. He ended up losing the nomination to Ralph Nader.
Number Two: Vermin Supreme. Vermin Supreme was less of a presidential candidate and more of a performance artist when he ran as a democrat in 2012. His primary platform was to insist that every U.S. citizen be issued a small horse or pony. He also wanted to make sure children were educated about zombies.
Number One: Jonathon Sharkey. Finally, Jonathon Sharkey is one of the most absurd and bizarre presidential candidates of all time. In 2012, he ran not as a man, but as a vampire. He claimed to be a descendant of Vlad the Impaler, and he also called himself “The Impaler.” One of his weirder points of pride was his claim that he hadn’t dated a woman over the age of 19 in 10 years.