Warren on Kid Rock Senate run: 'We all thought Trump was joking,' too
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenPoll shows 36 percent support Trump's reelection, 43 percent prefer generic Democrat Trump's approval rating holds steady at 45 percent amid government shutdown: poll Senate Dems introduce bill to keep DACA info private MORE (D-Mass.) is warning supporters not to dismiss Kid Rock's potential Senate bid, saying they should look no further than President TrumpDonald John TrumpCoast Guard chief: 'Unacceptable' that service members must rely on food pantries, donations amid shutdown Dem lawmaker apologizes after saying it's never been legal in US to force people to work for free Grassley to hold drug pricing hearing MORE's victory as proof that the musician could be a serious contender. 

“I know a lot of people are thinking: this is some sort of joke, right?” Warren wrote in an email to supporters with the subject line “Senator Kid Rock (R-MI),” the Boston Herald reported Friday.

“Well, maybe this is all a joke — but we all thought Donald Trump was joking when he rode down the escalator at Trump Tower and announced his campaign, too," she wrote.


“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 TV show, too."

Political pundits and many Democrats largely dismissed Trump as a serious contender for the Republican presidential nomination after he declared his candidacy in 2015, pointing to his bombastic rhetoric and unorthodox campaign style as political liabilities that would ultimately cost him any chance at victory. 

But the real estate mogul and reality television host dominated in GOP primaries and caucuses, and went on to win several swing states in the November election.

Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert James Ritchie, is a Trump supporter who has visited the president at the White House. He wrote in a post on his website on Thursday that speculation that he could challenge Sen. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowSenate Dems raise concerns about shutdown's impact on assistance to taxpayers Durbin signals he will run for reelection Coal supporter Manchin named top Dem on Senate Energy Committee MORE (D-Mich.) for her Senate seat was "not a hoax."

Ritchie has not yet filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission. But he further fueled speculation on Wednesday, when he posted a photo on Twitter of a sign reading "Kid Rock for U.S. Senate."