Kid Rock really seems to be following in Donald Trump’s footsteps with his political aspirations—they’ve both espoused an appreciation for the Confederacy as well as an intense dislike of the press. But even though Trump bragged about being anti-establishment, he played the campaign donor game. In fact, he’s still playing it (which is just another indication of how broken our political system is, but we digress). Kid Rock, meanwhile, refuses to even take calls from GOP backers. As Vice News reports, Republican donors have tried to approach Rock (real name Robert James Ritchie) about funding his Senate bid, which Rock still hasn’t confirmed is happening.
Saul Anuzis, the former chair of the state Republican Party who remains influential, tells Vice News he knew of “two of the largest donors in the country who wanted to talk to Kid Rock and reach out to him who basically have said they would support his candidacy if he were to run. And they’ve offered to do an event for him in New York and elsewhere. And he just hasn’t responded.” Another “prominent Republican” in Michigan had to ask Vice for Rock’s contact info (it seems he’s not listed under “Bad Ass, America” anywhere).
Rock has yet to officially announce his run, though he did launch a website, on which he recently posted a statement about how much he loves black people. But he won’t be pressured into revealing whether this is all just a fucked-up joke on democracy, telling one election watchdog group that expressed concerns about the validity of his candidacy to “fuck off,” which, depressingly enough, fits in with the rest of the current political discourse.