What this presidential race really needed was another candidate. But while both Republicans and Democrats patiently wait to see if Vice President Joe Biden decides to hop into the race at this late date, a surprise dark horse bid has shaken up the polls in North Carolina.
In a bid that would surely have warmed the heart of former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart (and def. been his lead story for, like, days), Deez Nuts has stormed the North Carolina polls and is currently sitting at 9%, just be Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and Republican field general Donald Trump. According to a Public Policy poll survey released on Wednesday, nearly 1-in-10 North Carolinians would vote for Nuts in a three-way race with the other two candidates.
Who Is Deez Nuts?
According to the The Daily Beast, Nuts is 15-year-old Iowan Brady Olson, who filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on July 26 for his profane (and clearly satirical) candidate.
The sophomore at Graettinger Terril Ruthven Ayrshire Community School lives in rural Wallingford, Iowa, (Pop. 197, not including anyone with the last name Nuts) and is the son of a farmer and dental assistant who seems (kind of) serious about finding out how far he can push this joke run.
"When I heard about the Limberbutt McCubbins story, I realized I could," Olson told the The Daily Beast about drawing inspiration from the story of a cat from Kentucky named Limberbutt McCubbins, who is seeking the Dem. nomination for president.
"The next step is to get some party nominations, like the Minnesota Independence Party or the Modern Whig Party," Olson said of his seemingly two-joke bid. "It would also be great to find a VP, preferably McCubbins because the Nuts/McCubbins ticket sounds amazing."
From A Joke To A Twitter Trend Overnight
Olson turned his candidacy into a Twitter trend after emailing Public Policy Polling and telling them that he was running as Deez Nuts and politely asking if they would add him to their polling. "This is something Public Policy Polling would do," said Jim Williams, a specialist at the organization that does issue polls.
"I thought, 'Let's put this out. This'll be funny,'" he said of releasing a poll a few weeks ago that had Nuts at 7 percent. He figured some people would get a laugh, but then Nuts' numbers went up to 8 and 9 in the next two polls in North Carolina and by Wednesday the name was trending worldwide.
The fact is, Olson filled out the right forms, just like the usual grab bag of jokey candidates who throw their clown wigs into the mix: Ole' Savior, President Emperor Caesar, Buddy the Cat, Kenny Rodeo, Buddy the Elf, Princess Oawlawolwaol and Sydneys Voluptuous Buttocks.
Where Does Deez Nuts Stand On The Issues?
Nuts/Olson told Rolling Stone magazine that his parents gave him the OK to launch his run and that he decided to run as an independent because he thinks the two-party system needs to be broken up.
He, of course, is too young to vote, but Nuts identifies as a Libertarian and his platform is pretty close to Trump's on illegal immigration, though he supports abortion and same-sex marriage and the Obama administration's Iran nuclear deal.
As for his qualifications. "The fact that I can fill out a form so vague that it doesn't include your age, or the fact that all get accepted even if they're only partially filled, anyone can run," he told the magazine. And how far will he take it? "As far as America wants to take it."