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Kid Rock Hits the Campaign Trail

by Countable | 10.24.17

UPDATED:

"F--- no, I'm not running for Senate!"

Kid Rock to Howard Stern, October 24, 2017

Countable's original story appears below.

What’s the Story?

His name is Kiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiid Kid Rock!... the distinguished Senator from Michigan?

On Tuesday, after performing one song at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, the rocker left the stage and the arena went dark.

"Ladies and gentleman," an announcer boomed, "Will you please welcome the next senator of the great state of Michigan, Kid 'mother****ing' Rock!" As “Hail to the Chief” blared through the newly-built arena, Rock (née Robert James Ritchie) took his place before a lectern emblazoned with “United States of ‘Merica.” A graphic on the screen behind him flashed “Kid Rock '18 For U.S. Senate."

This event was part concert, and part senatorial campaign.

Outside the arena, protesters gathered; they objected to the rocker’s past use of the Confederate flag and his disapproval of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. They were joined by Kid Rock supporters, some who waved Confederate flags.

Rock initially announced his bid to become "Kid Rock (R-MI)" in July. After some questioned the veracity of his political aspirations, Rock tweeted, “I have had a ton of emails and texts asking me if this website is real…KidRockForSenate.com The answer is an absolute YES.”

Standing behind the podium on Tuesday, Rock went beyond announcements. He delivered a four-minute speech about patriotism, hate groups, health care and various hot-button issues facing the nation.

On single parents relying on government assistance:

>"We should not reward those who can't even take care of themselves but keep having kid after f---ing kid. Of course, we should help them out. I don't want to stand here and sound like a jerk. But let's help ’em out with child care, job training and find them a f---ing place to work."

On white supremacists:

>"Nazis. F---ing bigots. And now again the KKK? I say f--- all you racists. Stay the hell away."

On gay and transgender rights:

>"I say let gay folks get married if they want and I'm not even close to a death trap. But things shouldn't be this complicated. And, no, you don't get to choose, because whatever you have between your legs should determine the bathroom that you use."

Rock closed his speech with a plea for unity, telling the crowd, "And I do believe it to be self-evident, that we're all created equal. I said it once, I'll scream it again: I love black people. And I love white people, too. But neither as much as I love red, white and blue."

A celebrity, with no experience in politics, who’s being dismissed as a serious candidate. Sound familiar? That’s right—it’s just like Ronald Reagan.

Celebrities and politics

Rock joins a short, but ever-growing list of entertainers, and outsiders, entering the world of politics. Jesse Ventura, the onetime governor of Minnesota, was a wrestling superstar. Al Franken, Minnesota senator, spent 10 seasons with Saturday Night Live. California’s "governator," Arnold Schwarzenegger, was a Mr. Universe turned movie star turned highest-ranking Golden State politician. And talk show host Jerry Springer, who was also the former mayor of Cincinnati, is currently considering a run for governor in his home state of Ohio.

Then there’s a certain president who has a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame for his work on a reality series, and who starred, as himself, in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York and Zoolander.

Moreover, at the same time Rock was announcing his bid for senator back in July, a group was filing the "Run the Rock 2020" campaign committee with the Federal Election Commission on behalf of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

The Fast & Furious star, also a WWE champ, told GQ in May that he "of course" would consider running for President in the next election. Appearing on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show a few weeks later, he was asked if he was serious, and Johnson admitted he was intrigued by the idea, and believes he could be a relatable Commander In Chief.

Kid Rock, however, has more experience in the political arena than The Rock. Rock is a staunch Donald Trump supporter; immediately after Trump’s acceptance of the nomination at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, the musician performed a 75-minute set. He visited the White House – along with Ted Nugent and Sarah Palin – in April. And his website sells a number of pro-Trump, pro-Republican shirts, most of which can’t be published here (NSFW link)—the one that doesn’t contain profanity reads, "GOD, GUNS & TRUMP."

In the past, he’s also delivered a stump speech for Mitt Romney and told The Guardian in 2015, "I am definitely a Republican on fiscal issues and the military, but I lean to the middle on social issues. I am no fan of abortion, but it’s not up to a man to tell a woman what to do. As an ordained minister I don’t look forward to marrying gay people, but I’m not opposed to it."

Rock would be running against incumbent Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow, who’s held her seat since 2000.

While Kid Rock has a backlog of incendiary comments, and a sex-tape, the President has shown these one-time political-career killers are no longer fatal. And Rock, like Trump, brings to his candidacy name recognition and a successful business (he’s estimated to be worth $80 million). And with songs like "Cowboy" and “American Bad Ass,” he’s positioned himself as a patriot, rebel, and gun-loving, beer-drinking, everyman.

President Trump is not the first celebrity politician. But with his win, the tabloid-worthy baggage he overcame, and taking his message directly to the people, Trump may have opened the door for many previously unimaginable politicians to have a legitimate chance at winning an elected office.

The Constitution only lists three eligibility requirements for president: 35 or older, a resident within the U.S. for 14 years, and a "natural born citizen" (which isn’t defined). It says nothing about “Bawitdaba.”

What do you think?

Has Donald Trump changed the political landscape? Or is the Kid Rock campaign just the next iteration of the Ventura/Franken/Trump trend of non-politicians taking over government? Share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

(Photo Credit: Kid Rock for U.S. Senate / public domain)

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  • Gavin
    09/13/2017
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    This is another example of the downfall of the American empire. We've become a sick satire of our own idiocy and the rest of the world sees it and is taking notice. Throughout history, the world power bases shift and new countries/empires fill the void left by previous powers. This is another small step in the process of the U.S. losing the influence we've had in the world for the last 70 years and no amount of dogmatic "patriotic" pandering is going to save us. We were bound to lose our standing in the world at some point, but this is just plain embarrassing and I'm afraid a lot of people are going to suffer as a result of more people like Donald trump taking office.

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  • Abbi
    09/13/2017
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    This is what happens when when people do not take an election seriously. We end up in a real life sitcom with a screwup in the highest offices of power. They go about their screwup days, doing screw up things and destroying everything they touch. This is a huge responsibility. Kid Rock has no experience and frankly I doubt he'll bother to learn.

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  • Jonathan
    09/14/2017
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    The government should not be an alternative to the entertainment industry. Popularity and familiarity from rock concerts and shock statements does not equal good governance. No more of this.

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  • R
    09/13/2017
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    Downright embarrassing.

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  • Kodiwodi
    09/13/2017
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    This is as good an idea as trump for president or Ted Nugent for SCOTUS.

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  • Joseph
    09/13/2017
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    This is what it's come to: America, the planet's trailer park.

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  • Nancy
    09/13/2017
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    He doesn't have the qualifications to take this on.

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  • Samir
    10/24/2017
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    People may see this as a joke, but in fact, it's terrifying. We already have a clown as president and now several people with no political experience and/or education want to run for public service. This not only indicate that people will support celebrities/famous people based on their own personal desire over the common ground of making a change. And all of this falls from the fact that those already in office are not doing their job right, therefore, the American people are looking elsewhere without thinking of the consequences. We are being mocked and destroyed and it's sad that most people can't see that.

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  • Deirdre
    10/24/2017
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    Well America is officially a reality tv show.

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  • John
    10/24/2017
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    Next up...Supreme Court Justice Kim Kardashian

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  • Elliott
    09/13/2017
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    lol

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  • Quiara
    09/13/2017
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    A new disgusting low. He has no education on politics, no moral backbone, he is a poor example of a leader, he is a nationalist & a redneck. Where does the clown car stop ???

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  • Sync
    09/13/2017
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    We are all a little dumber now for people like Kid Rock thinking they have any business being in politics.

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  • C
    10/24/2017
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    We do not need another uninformed celebrity enamored with symbols of white nationalism determining the course of our nation.

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  • Michael777
    10/25/2017
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    Haha! Kid Rock just admitted that his whole possible Senate run act was all just a publicity stunt! He just freaking embarrassed the Republican Party, with them endorsing him and what-not, and also fooled Republican voters that he was actually serious in running! The guy maybe he a inane jerk, but at least he's an inane jerk to Republicans!

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  • IamAdlr
    10/25/2017
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    I wish I could go back to a time when I would have thought this funny. Is democracy failing? There are minimum requirements for every job I can think of, except running for public office. We have to stop letting idiots make a joke of our democracy.

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  • Mark
    10/24/2017
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    Being Left has nothing to do with my opinion of how idiotic our government is. And, only in a perfect world, would “the people” be capable of governing themselves. Nonstop anarchy isn’t far off. No punishment? No deterrent.

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  • Laura
    09/14/2017
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    The idiots will vote him. Their voting skills put Trump in the White House. Why can we not have informed voters? When will this twilight zone administration and GOP voters be cancelled?

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  • John
    09/14/2017
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    This person is a racist, fascist moron in the manner of 45. As a Michigan resident, please, somebody take him away!

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  • Peter
    09/14/2017
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    At the very least, candidates should be required to use the given or legal names under which they are registered to vote, in their campaigns. Voting for a stage persona may render a reflection of the actual person who is running for office, but once stage lighting, soundtrack music, and a roaring audience are removed… Different decision making is often the result.

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