Still considering a U.S. Senate run, the international recording artist known as Kid Rock (his real name is Robert Ritchie) spoke out against Nazis and the KKK in a political message, during one of his shows Wednesday in Grand Rapids, Mich.
“If you want to take a knee or sit during our ‘Star-Spangled Banner:’ Call me a racist, cuz I’m not PC and think you have to remind me that Black Lives Matter,” Kid Rock said during his address, MLive reported.
Protesters called for his Michigan concerts to be canceled, but the genre-bending musician from Detroit didn’t back down.
He performed a few songs before launching into a politically-charged rant, in which he hit on a variety of topics, including “deadbeat dads,” “wannabee gangsters” and welfare.
The speech came with “Hail to the Chief” playing to the capacity crowd, as Kid Rock was introduced to the audience as the “next senator of Michigan.”
During a nearly 3-minute address, the singer shared many of his political views through a rhyming address that also condemned Nazis, bigots, the KKK and anyone who “disrespects” the national anthem.
“Nazis, f— bigots, and, now again, the KKK. Screw all you a–holes, stay the f— away,” he rapped.
He concluded by saying: “If ‘Kid Rock for Senate’ has got folks in disarray, wait ’til they hear ‘Kid Rock for president of the U.S.A.!'”
He has been selling T-shirts adorned with his would-be campaign logo and the words “Kid Rock for Senate.”
Earlier this month, an ethics complaint, filed by the liberal-leaning watchdog group named Common Cause, stated that Kid Rock is an official candidate for the Senate because he has been selling “Kid Rock for Senate” merchandise and teasing the idea of a Senate run for months.
The musician blasted the reports that he could be in violation of campaign finance laws.
In an announcement on his website, he wrote that he was 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 announced my candidacy,” Ritchie wrote.
“#2 See #1 and go f— yourselves,” he added.
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