46-year-old Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, announced two weeks ago that he plans to run for the U.S. Senate in Michigan next November. In his campaign, he included blatant anti-LGBTQ comments.
While performing a show in Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Ritchie began his speech by saying that he loved white and black people but, “not as much as I love red, white, and blue.”
He also addressed the KKK in his speech, “Think you have to remind me that Black Lives Matter? Nazis, [expletive] bigots and now the KKK? I say screw all of you [expletive], stay the [expletive] away.” He then gave two middle fingers to the crowd, which caused them to erupt with applause.
In a video of his speech that was leaked on YouTube, Ritchie can also be heard calling to God, whom he said people were increasingly afraid to address by name. On the screen behind him, a photo of Jesus appeared as Ritchie said, “So, please, Almighty, – and you’re looking down tonight – please guide us with your wisdom and give us strength to fight the tyrant evils that lurk here and abroad and remind us all that we are still just one nation under God.”
When he continued with his speech, Ritchie eventually started to mention the LGBTQ community. “And why these days is everything so gay? Gay rights. Transgender this and that. I say let gay folks get married if they want and I’m not even close to a death trap.”
“But things shouldn’t be this complicated. And, no, you don’t get to choose, because whatever you have between your legs should determine the bathroom that you use,” he added.
Ritchie has received backlash before for his comments on the LGBTQ community as well as when the Black community asked him to stop displaying the Confederate flag at his concerts.
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