Kid Rock came out swinging at “fake news” claims that he is in violation of election law and teased a coming “political revolution.”
The musician was accused by a watchdog group of not registering himself as a candidate for a U.S. Senate seat in Michigan or reporting campaign donations, according to the Detroit Free Press. The complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission by the group Common Cause asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to look into alleged filing violations by Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert Ritchie.
— Common Cause (@CommonCause) September 1, 2017
“Given the activities we’ve documented in the complaint, he can’t reasonably claim to be merely testing the waters of candidacy and thus exempt from candidate filing requirements,” Common Cause’s Paul S. Ryan said. “He is a candidate and is obligated to abide by all the rules.”
The 46-year-old rocker had a simple response: “go f*** yourselves.”
I am starting to see reports from the misinformed press & the fake news on how I am in violation of breaking… https://t.co/id48mIEXAi
— Kid Rock (@KidRock) September 1, 2017
In a statement released Friday, Kid Rock laid down the facts:
I am starting to see reports from the misinformed press and the fake news on how I am in violation of breaking campaign law.
#1 I have still not officially announced my candidacy.
#2 See #1 and go fuck yourselves.
Everyone else, Have a great Labor Day (I will be spending mine WORKING in one of the greatest cities in America – Grand Rapids, Michigan!!)
He has not officially even declared himself a candidate, but Kid Rock is already establishing the rules for his relationship with “fake news” outlets.
Though he has not definitively announced that he intends to run against the Democratic incumbent Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Kid Rock has made some remarks and declared the website, “kidrockforsenate.com,” which he launched in July, was “real.”
“We will be scheduling a press conference in the next 6 weeks or so to address this issue amongst others,” he wrote on the website, “and if I decide to throw my hat in the ring for US Senate, believe me… it’s game on mthrfkers.”
The rocker and Trump supporter made headlines earlier this year when he visited the White House alongside former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and musician Ted Nugent.
On Thursday, there appeared to be another tease for a potential Kid Rock U.S. Senate run.
— Senator Kid Rock (@KidRockSenator) August 31, 2017
At least one GOP lawmaker is looking forward to the possibility. Wisconsin Rep. Sean Duffy tweeted out his support for the yet-to-be declared candidate.
— Sean Duffy (@RepSeanDuffy) September 1, 2017
Kid Rock fans loved the rocker’s response to the accusations and took to Twitter to cheer him on.
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Rock on dude…they r scared! We got a movement going and its full steam ahead!!
— Tb (@Easttngal) September 1, 2017
I think you can handle them! #BornFree
— Liberty Girl (@1AreYouKittenMe) September 1, 2017
I 💜 Kid Rock even more after this! I so hope he runs &, as I don’t live in Michigan, am just sorry I’m not able to vote for him.
— Saundra (@SaundraSmoss) September 2, 2017
One can only hope Senator Rock would release very similar press statements.
— Chris Alexander (@cmalex79) September 1, 2017
He’s already using “fake news” in official statements … This campaign is gonna be fun 😁👌#Kid2024
— TrumpernickelBread (@TrumpernickelB) September 1, 2017
Notes- 1) media is threatened. 2) Kid Rock still considering. 3) If he does decide to run, it’s gonna be a helluva ride!
— Chris Chambers (@CDChambers62) September 1, 2017
— Trump Wins 🔹🇺🇸 (@Cryogenik28) September 2, 2017
Most honest press release I’ve seen in a fortnight from a to-be politician.
— WarpedSage (@WarpedSage) September 1, 2017
I’m thinking of selling my home in Fl and move to Michigan just so I can vote for Kid Rock.
— Jesus H. Christ (@deeano2) September 2, 2017