I was more than half serious yesterday when I tweeted:
If 2016 becomes a race between Trump, Clinton and Bush, you can definitely count me in as a "Deez Nuts" supporter. https://t.co/Fx3zj17EmU
— Michael Krieger (@LibertyBlitz) August 19, 2015
I immediately thought the idea was brilliant. What better way to express your contempt and disdain for the American political system than with a vote for “Deez Nuts.”? Forget Trump, this is the real protest vote.
It turns out the kid who came up with the idea knew exactly what he was doing. If he sort of had my support yesterday, it’s grown considerably today.
Deez Nuts, a meme-turned independent presidential candidate polling at 8 percent in Iowa, aligns most closely with the Libertarian Party and has kind words for Gary Johnson and Bernie Sanders.
Mr. Nuts is actually a 15-year-old Iowan named Brady Olson who filled out an official filing statement and asked a polling firm to include his handle, “Deez Nuts,” in their research. The strength of his candidacy—he’s polling in high single-digits in several states—is a testament to the fact that early polling is meaningless.
Or is it a testament to the popularity of his libertarian-ish positions? He supports the Iran deal, gay marriage, and fiscal restraint, according to Rolling Stone:
If the candidate’s platform — for balanced budgets, against illegal immigration, for gay marriage, against oil subsidies — seems a little thin, well … cut the kid some slack, America.
Rolling Stone also interviewed him:
I’m assuming you take your political name from the Bofa meme?
Is that some kind statement on our two-party political system?
Half trying to break the two-party system, half frustration with the front-runners
Why did you decide to run for president?
Because I really didn’t want to see Clinton, Bush, or Trump in the White House, so I guess I’m just trying to put up a fight.
How would you describe your political orientation? have you ever been a registered Democrat or Republican?
I’m fifteen, so I haven’t been registered yet. I side more with the Libertarian Party. …
If you had to back another presidential candidate, who would it be?
Either Bernie Sanders(D-VT) or Gary Johnson(L-NM)
How far are you willing to take this practical joke?
As far as America wants to take it.
A North Carolina poll that pitted Deez Nuts against Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton had the kid pulling in 9 percent of the vote to Trump’s 40 percent and Clinton’s 38 percent, with 12 percent undecided. My sense is that voters still need time to get a feel for Deez Nuts.
What’s not to like. At 15, I could barely put a sentence together (still debatable).
Personally, I haven’t endorsed “Deez Nuts,” but it’s not out of the question.
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