Before Kid Rock took the stage at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Tuesday night, civil rights groups gathered outside to stand firmly against the singer’s maybe campaign for U.S. Senate.

Inspired to take action after Rock delivered a profanity-laden stump speech earlier this month at another concert in his home state of Michigan, activists from the National Action Network arrived to peacefully speak out against the star’s use of a Confederate flag onstage, as well as his divisive commentary about NFL star Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the national anthem, according to

During Tuesday’s show, Rock addressed concertgoers from behind a podium emblazoned with a faux presidential seal, and flanked by two women clad only in oversized, white button-down shirts. Rather than a performance of his hits like “Bawitdaba,” Rock spent several minutes delivering a similarly explicit speech about everything from healthcare to the KKK, according to TIME.

Earlier this summer, Rock – an avowed Trump supporter – teased plans to run for U.S. Senate, even launching a website to promote his campaign in Michigan. Should he wind up on the ballot in November 2018, he will run against Sen. Debbie …read more


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