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Bob Ritchie, better known as Kid Rock, went on a profanity-laden rant about politics during a warm-up show ahead of a concert run in Detroit, according to reports.
The Detroit Free Press reports that Kid Rock did not address the steady stream of “will-he-won’t-he” stories about him pursuing a run for U.S. Senate but did have plenty to say about politics in general.
Kid Rock apparently made his speech, which reportedly touched on athletes kneeling during the national anthem and “deadbeat dads,” at a podium with flag-waving female dancers at his side, the newspaper reported.
“If ‘Kid Rock for Senate’ has got folks in disarray, wait ’til they hear ‘Kid Rock for President of the U.S.A.!’” he reportedly said at the end of his speech.
The country-rap-rock singer has been smack dab in the middle of the political conversation in recent weeks. Kid Rock is a strong supporter of President Donald Trump and even visited the Oval Office with former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and Ted Nugent earlier this year.
In July, Kid Rock sparked rampant speculation about his possible political future when he said kidrockforsenate.com was real and he was gearing up for a “major announcement.”
The website featured all of the hallmarks of a political campaign website: a subscription button for updates; “Kid Rock for U.S. Senate” T-shirts, hats and stickers; and a scrolling list of what appeared to be possible slogans such as: “Born Free,” “Party to the People,” “Get In The Senate And Try To Help Someone,” and “Pimp of the Nation.”
A day after confirming the website was real, the singer seemed to backtrack, saying the “press is wrong” despite him confirming the authenticity of the website.
In September, Common Cause, a nonpartisan ethics organization, filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission and Department of Justice accusing Kid Rock of violating federal election laws for “failing to register his candidacy, comply with contribution restrictions, and publicly disclose contributions to his campaign,” according to the organization.
The singer responded to the complaint by telling people to “go fuck yourselves.”
You can read all of the Detroit Free Press‘ report here.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).