Kid Rock, the musician and folk hero of rural America, unveiled a website on Wednesday touting a prospective 2018 campaign for U.S. Senate. “I have had a ton of emails and texts asking me if this website is real… http://kidrockforsenate.com,” he tweeted. “The answer is an absolute YES.” He noted in a subsequent tweet that he “will have a major announcement in the near future.”
The website, which features a picture of Kid Rock sitting next to a taxidermied deer, is at the moment nothing more than a web store for campaign merchandise. The musician has not actually filed the paperwork necessary to register as a candidate, and it’s entirely possible this is nothing more than a marketing stunt. (He did on Thursday release a note implying that a campaign and new music were forthcoming.)
It wouldn’t be the first time Kid Rock has tried to capitalize financially from the political climate created by Donald Trump, of whom he has been a vocal supporter. He has hawked American-made grills and graphic T-shirts to his suddenly politically active fanbase. Also for sale are “Make America Badass Again” hats in the signature red-and-white style popularized by Trump with his “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan.
It’s difficult to imagine how a Kid Rock for Senate campaign would unfold or whether he would have a legitimate chance of unseating Michigan Democrat Debbie Stabenow, but America had better brace itself just in case.
Speaking of bracing, Kid Rock is not the only celebrity rumored to be running for office since Trump took over American politics. Some others:
Just as Trump’s campaign was gaining steam in August 2015, West announced onstage at the VMAs that he would be running for president in 2020. “And yes, I have decided, as you probably could have guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president,” he said at the end…