22 February 2016
By Eoin Higgins
The American Herald Tribune
As the primary season gets under way in the 2016 Presidential
election, the nation's political focus is squarely on candidates from
the two main parties, the Democrats and the Republicans.
Both parties have had a tumultuous time of it already. It’s a year
for outsiders. On the Republican side, billionaire Donald Trump, whose
outrageous ethno-nationalism has won him a devout following in the
country’s right wing, is devouring all the oxygen in the party.
The Democrats are facing the possibility of an upset from surging
independent Bernie Sanders. Sanders, a nominal socialist from Vermont,
has upended what was supposed to be a smooth nomination-coronation for
With all the excitement, it’s easy to forget that there are other
candidates in the race for the presidency, outside of the two major
parties. The American Herald Tribune is proud to feature a conversation with Emidio “Mimi” Soltysik, the Presidential candidate for the Socialist Party USA. Soltysik is running with activist and organizer Angela Nicole Walker as his running mate.
The Tribune and Soltysik collaborated over email for a question and
answer dialogue after a brief phone call on Friday. What follows is a
lightly edited transcript.
The American Herald Tribune: Hi Mimi. Thanks for doing this interview. Let’s start off with an introduction: Who are you?
Mimi: I suppose I'll always be trying to figure that
one out. I think I look pretty silly when I'm clean-shaven, so I
usually have a beard. I love music and I love to read. I love to laugh. I
loathe injustice. It makes me feel violent.
My name is Emidio "Mimi" Soltysik and I am the Socialist Party USA's
2016 presidential candidate. I live in Los Angeles with my wife and two
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