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Kid Rock’s not running for Senate, you idiots

By | Published on Wednesday 25 October 2017

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It’s alright, Kid Rock has said he isn’t going to run for US Senate. What’s more, he never was, so now you all look really silly for believing him.

“Fuck no, I’m not running for Senate”, he told Howard Stern on his SiriusXM show. “Are you kidding me? Who couldn’t figure that out? I’m releasing a new album. I’m going on tour too. Are you fucking shitting me?”

Too right, who’d have ever thought he was being serious about running for Senate. Though, there was all that time he spent insisting that he absolutely was definitely planning to enter politics as a Republican candidate and that everyone who doubted him should shut up.

“I have had a ton of emails and texts asking me if this website is real”, he said on social media after people questioned his ‘campaign’ website when it launched in July. “The answer is an absolute YES. Stay tuned, I will have a major announcement in the near future”.

But that was all part of the ruse, you see. And you fell for it. Although you can perhaps see why. After all, Democrats remembered what an error their complacency about Donald Trump becoming US President had been. Meanwhile Republicans remembered what a success letting Donald Trump run for US President had been (in ‘winning the election’ terms, if nothing else). We live in a world where nothing seems unlikely in politics anymore, and Kid Rock rode that wave as far as he could with a straight face.

It even got to the point where some people on his own team who were “in on the joke” began to question themselves. The musician had to reassure them, “No, we’re not doing it, but let’s roll with it for a while”, he said.

Sure, the fact that he has an album coming out – ‘Sweet Southern Revenge’ on 3 Nov – and tour dates booked should have been a clue that all was not as it seemed, given you might have thought he’d have needed time to get his campaign plans sorted around about then.

But I’m not sure anyone who fell for the hoax believed Kid Rock had thought any of this through properly, so it was entirely possible he was going to release an album, go on tour, and then just focus on his election campaigning at the last minute.

As for how he views the prank now that it’s all out in the open, he told Stern: “It’s the worst advice I ever gave myself, but it’s been the most creative thing I’ve ever done. And I’ve gotten to see everyone’s true colours”.