The presidential election has officially turned into the silly season, with a 15-year-old high school sophomore from Iowa throwing his hat into the ring.
He’s running under the name Deez Nuts.
Hey, why not?
According to the polling firm of Public Policy Polling, Deez Nuts is polling at 9 percent in North Carolina, 8 percent in Minnesota and 7 percent in Iowa.
Turns out that Deez Nuts is really high-schooler Brady C. Olson. His parents gave him permission to run, even though he’s not technically old enough to be president of the United States.
Deez was inspired to run a parody campaign because he “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.”
He’s been surprised by how quickly his campaign has caught on, he told The Guardian.
Indeed, Deez Nuts has been trending on Twitter this week ever since the polling numbers came out.
“Right now it’s mainly just the name recognition, but hopefully as we go down the stretch people will actually take the time to look at my campaign website and look at my platform,” he told The Guardian.
That platform calls for the immediate deportation of illegal immigrants and supports gay marriage and the Iran deal.
He confirmed to Rolling Stone that he borrowed his campaign name from Instagram user WelvenDaGreat, who earlier this year posted a video clip of himself talking to a friend on the phone and using the phrase “deez nuts.”
The phrase is a throwback to 1992 when Dr. Dre featured a track, “Deeez Nuuuts,” on his studio album “The Chronic.” Lately, “deez nuts” has become a popular punchline on Instagram and Vine memes.
Rolling Stone asked Deez what qualifies him to be president.
“The fact that if 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 said.
Deez was also inspired to run by other unconventional presidential candidates, namely Limberbutt McCubbins, a cat from Kentucky seeking the Democratic nomination for president.
“The next step is to get some party nominations, like the Minnesota Independence Party or the Modern Whig Party,” Deez told The Daily Beast.
“It would also be great to find a VP, preferably McCubbins because the Nuts/McCubbins ticket sounds amazing.”
How far are you willing to take this practical joke, Rolling Stone asked him?
“As far as America wants to take it,” Deez pledged.