The unconventional candidacy of Donald Trump that propelled him to an unexpected win in 2016 is having an after-effect that even he might not have been able to predict when he took his now-famous ride down the main escalator at Trump Tower in June 2015 to announce that he was running for the presidency.

Trump endured the mocking press, the ridicule of late night comedians, and the insulting slights of veteran politicians who slighted him and his candidacy as nothing more than a publicity stunt.

The real estate mogul had a successful reality show on television and his run for the White House was initially viewed by many as a ratings ploy as the show entered another season.

As the crowds at his rallies grew, some members of the media, like FOX News’s Sean Hannity, declared the candidacy “the real deal” and even predicted the possibility of a win.

Trump racked up victories in primaries and even his unpredictable performances in the televised debates against a field of 17 other Republicans vying for the nomination didn’t set back the campaign.

With the nomination secured, Trump steamrolled into the November 2016 election surviving the release of an off-color video that would have destroyed another candidate.

Calling Hillary Clinton a “nasty woman” during a debate didn’t stop him, either.

Now, the Trump campaign is being seen as a precursor to a run for the Michigan Senate run by musician Kid Rock.

Rock, a Michigan native whose real name is Robert James Ritchie, is a conservative and is seriously considering a run incumbent Debbie Stabenow – and that has party leader, Sen. Elizabeth Warren worried.

“I know a lot of people are thinking: this is some sort of joke, right? Well, maybe this is all a joke — but we all thought Donald Trump was joking when he his campaign, too,” Warren wrote in a fundraising email.

The Michigan musician posted a statement on his website, kidrockforsenate.com, that his plan to run for the Senate is “not a hoax,” although he has not filed the required paperwork with the Federal Election Commission.

Sen. Stabenow tried to keep the twitter exchange light, tweeting, “I know we both share a love of music. I concede he’s better at playing guitar and I’ll keep doing what I do best: fighting for Michigan.”

But “Rock” quickly got the better of her, responding, “Senator Stabenow and I do share a love of music, although probably not the same kind. I concede she is better at playing politics than I am so I’ll keep doing what I do best, which is being a voice for tax paying, hardworking AMERICANS and letting politicians like her know that We the People are sick and tired of their bullsh*t!”

That kind of direct talk, reminiscent of candidate Trump, has Elizabeth Warren warning her fellow Democrats to take him seriously.

“And sure, maybe this is just a marketing gimmick for a new album or tour — but we all thought Donald Trump was just promoting his reality show, too.”

Please comment below if you think unconventional candidates like Kid Rock should become more active in politics and run for higher office. President Trump proved that Americans are sick of career politicians running Washington D.C. and want some new blood and new ideas for the good of the country.

Source: Boston Herald

 
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