Tami Stainfield is the self-declared candidate for president on the “No Party” ticket — which sounds like a refreshing break from the bickering and the straight-up lies to which we’ve all been subjected — from both sides of the aisle — in this year’s presidential campaign.
Only problem is, Stainfield’s mental health appears to be slightly less than superb.
Based on the YouTube video, I initially thought, “Stainfield could potentially be a pretty funny interview.”
After a 30-minute phone conversation I had with her last night — that included references to Jared Loughner, the severely mentally ill man who shot former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes — it became clear that there was nothing funny about Stainfield; she’s apparently sick and probably needs help — before something potentially tragic happens.
Stainfield’s campaign video (embedded above) appeared on cracked.com last week in a blog post under the headline “The 6 Types of People Who Tweet Directly to the Candidates.” The video got additional Internet traction on Reddit.
As you can see, she talks about mind control, robots, and science terrorists. She also speaks in tongues (skip to 05:00. It’s terrifying).
After senseless acts of violence like those of Holmes and Loughner, people often ask, “where were the alarm bells?”
Well, Ding, ding, ding.
I spoke to Stanfield at about 7:45 p.m. She told me I’d woken her up.
Before I even had a chance to ask, she immediately started talking about being a “victim of technology” and how she was under some sort of mind control that impacted her actions, her speech, and caused uncontrollable obscenities. She also spoke in tongues on at least six occasions.
“Once I returned from Africa, I went to Washington, D.C.,” she says. “I became a victim of technology. It’s everything from altering your voice to robotics. It’s taken a terrible toll, but I continue to fight.”
She says she’s a victim of “brain mapping” and it allows her mind manipulators to “speak foreign languages through [her] mouth.”
When asked who she thought was behind the mind control, Stainfield says: “You never know. You could go on for hours trying to guess who is behind it, but it’s definitely government. This is something that’s very advanced. This is not some kid down the road.”
She then rambled about the Constitution, the media, and how the same people who were controlling her mind also were using their power to steal intellectual property, cause people to rape women, and even kill.
“I remember it, I was at the White House garden — in the cactus section — when I heard that Jared Loughner had shot the congresswoman in Arizona,” she says. “He talked a lot about mind control, and I knew it was the same thing . . . the same thing they’re doing to me.”
On July 20, the day James Holmes walked into an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater and shot 58 people — killing 12 — Stainfield says she remembers standing near a lighthouse and holding her arm up as if she were shooting a gun. But she didn’t have a gun in her hand.
She seems to be under the impression that the same people controlling her mind were simultaneously controlling Holmes’s and Loughner’s. Presumably, she believes that those people sent the same message to kill — via brainwaves — to both she and the two mass killers. They, however, knew what the messages meant and acted on them.
“My biggest goal is to make sure our children are protected. Children should not have their brains occupied by supercomputers,” Stainfield says. “Then a seven-week-old asks a cop, ‘Hey, do you want to suck my cock?’ Nobody has looked at the science.”
Statements like these — as I mentioned — were interrupted by various outbursts of Stainfield speaking in tongues the same way she does in the video embedded above.
She went on to tell me that she believes President Barack Obama, his daughters, and candidate Mitt Romney also appear to be “victims of technology” and are having their minds controlled by unidentified “science terrorists.”
“Romney’s looking a little deranged,” she says.
That was the most sane thing she said over the course of our entire conversation.
Finally, after 30 minutes, I asked — as politely as possible — if she’d ever been diagnosed with any sort of mental illness.
“You can call me a nut. You can call me a nut all you want. But I saw those cactuses [at the White House] when Jared Loughner started shooting all those people,” she says.
She says she’s never been diagnosed with any sort of mental illness, claiming that she’s only interested in “acute reasoning and logic.”
“I’m a woman who believes in evidence. I believe in logic and reason,” she says. “I’m not trying to be president. I’m trying to reinstate the Constitution.”
Stainfield lives in Keene, New Hampshire. If you live anywhere near there, do us all a favor and track her down and get her the help she apparently needs.
Visit the Stainfield 2012 campaign website here.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 25, 2012