Kid Rock doth protest too much.
The singer and Senate hopeful fired back at civil rights groups that were calling for the cancellation of his upcoming shows in Detroit over his support of President Trump and attacks against NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who famously kneeled during the National Anthem.
“This is the straw that broke the camel’s back,” Rev. Charles Williams II, president of the National Action Network Detroit chapter, said recently.
“When you hire Kid Rock, who is known to be dog-whistling and cat-calling to white supremacist organizations and the white supremacist community, alt-right, whatever you want to call them, and you take our tax dollars to do that? That’s wrong.”
The group also called Kid Rock, 46, out for his previous use of the Confederate flag during performances.
The “All Summer Long” singer, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, responded to the criticism in a long-winding Facebook post Monday.
Kid Rock posted a rambling Facebook post pushing at back at critics who called him out for his support of President Trump.
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“They are trying to use the old confederate flag BS, etc. to stir the pot, when we all know none of this would be going on if I were not thinking of running for office. Pretty funny how scared I have them all and their only agenda is to try and label people / me racist who do not agree or cower to them!!” he wrote.
“I am the bona fide KING OF DETROIT LOVE and it makes me smile down deep that you haters know that! Your jealousy is merely a reflection of disgust for your own failures and lack of positive ideas for our city.”
He also said that he would pull his financial support of Detroit-based organizations before bashing Kaepernick again — except without naming him this time.
“P.P.S. To be clear – F–k ANYONE who takes a knee or sits during our national anthem!” Kid Rock wrote.
“Pretty sure if Russell Wilson or Tom Brady were doing it they would have no problem finding a job playing for any team they wanted in the NFL! So cut the bulls–t!”
Despite his insistence that he “love(s) black people,” the singer still took shots at NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who famously kneeled during the National Anthem.
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The singer ended his rambling rant by thanking the fans who stood by him, despite “these handful of jerks.”
“P.P.P.P.P.S. I LOVE BLACK PEOPLE!!”
Kid Rock announced a possible run for Senate in July, including campaign shirts, yard signs, hats and stickers.
The campaign hasn’t gone far, but he did launch a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization to promote voter registration.