High Poll Numbers of ‘Deez Nuts’ Proves America Is Dissatisfied With Candidates

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At last count, there were 17 Republican candidates running for president, and 5 Democrats. Chances are, unless you follow politics closely and astutely, you’ve only heard of 10 altogether, with Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Jeb Bush, and Donald Trump dominating your consciousness of the race. With so many candidates, so much waffle to sift through, so many familiar names we don’t want to see, and so much of Donald Trump’s personality to deal with, it’s no wonder Americans are just a little disillusioned with the entire election process.

It’s no wonder someone called Deez Nuts was able to gain major relative foothold in the polls.

In case you haven’t heard, someone styling themselves ‘Deez Nuts’ is now running for president, polling at 9% in North Carolina, 8% in Minnesota, and 7% in Iowa. It seems as if this person, running as an Independent, is just making a mockery of the whole process — but then again, isn’t Trump doing that too?

As it turns out, Deez Nuts is actually a 15-year-old boy who has some astute observations about the 2016 election, and he may not be such a terrible candidate after all.

His platform is vague and unsurprisingly so: against illegal immigration and oil subsidies, but pro-gay marriage and balanced budgets, this kid definitely has a decent head on his shoulders. His real name is Brady C. Olson, and he’s only entering his sophomore year in high school. He recently gave a short interview with Rolling Stone, and it’s clear from his responses that this kid has more on his mind than just performing an elaborate prank on America.

When asked why he chose the name ‘Deez Nuts,’ he said, “Half trying to break the two-party system, half frustration with the front-runners.” He elaborated on his views of the frontrunners:

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…I side more with the Libertarian Party.

It’s clear from these responses that despite being a typical 15-year-old boy, Olson has a political brain, a voice, and a hearty sense of humor. He’s also echoing a lot of the sentiments of many Americans who are fed up with the two-party system, who desire real change, and who are extremely dissatisfied with the current choices. It may be that a meme-based joke on America pulled by a 15-year-old is more eloquent at reflecting the opinions of Americans than the whole of either party. Scary thought, no?

You may well ask: how did this kid enter the race anyway? Aren’t there screening processes, forms to fill out, things of that nature? Olson has an answer to that as well, and it’s ridiculous how easy it was for him to enter the race as an extremely underqualified candidate:

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.

Anyone, indeed.

Lisa Lo Paro
Lisa is a freelance writer and bibliophile living on the outskirts of New York City. She likes 2 a.m. with a good book, takes cream in her coffee and heavily filters her photos. Check out her blog The Most Happy, her Instagram, and Twitter.

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