According to polls released by Public Policy Polling, a guy from Iowa named “Deez Nuts” is running third in a presidential poll of North Carolina voters, behind party front-runners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Unfortunately, the candidate is not the guy from a series of popular Vine and YouTube videos.
UPI reports that “Deez Nuts” is also polling at 8% in Minnesota and 7% in Iowa, his home state. The enthusiasm is real, it seems.
The “Deez Nuts” catchphrase became popular after Vine personality WelvenDaGreat posted a video saying it into a phone and laughing. It actually originated from Dr. Dre’s 1992 album The Chronic, in a song titled “Deeez Nuuuts.” In the song, Snoop Dogg tells a “deez nuts” joke. Since then, the “Deez Nuts” punchline has been used in multiple videos.
Fast-forward to August 2015, and someone with the name “Deez Nuts” actually filed papers with the Federal Election Commission as a candidate for President. That makes him eligible for inclusion in polling, although it appears he wouldn’t qualify for any state ballot.
As it turns out, Rolling Stone Magazine discovered that “Deez Nuts” is actually 15-year-old Brady Olson, who is about to start his sophomore year of high school in Iowa. According to his website, “Deez Nuts” supports gay marriage, is against illegal immigration, and hates oil subsidies. All of that doesn’t really matter, since he cannot officially run until he is 35.
The success of “Deez Nuts” should cause Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to hang their heads in shame. The fact that an unknown named “Deez Nuts” is pulling almost 10% in a theoretical three-way face-off with Clinton and Trump speaks to the general dissatisfaction with the candidates. Even though both Clinton and Trump have large bases of support, they have an even larger base of voters who can’t stand them. That majority of likely voters have not had a voice in the process yet, and “Deez Nuts” is giving them a voice.
“Deez Nuts” has become the “None of the Above” of the 2016 election, and it looks like his popularity will only continue to grow. If it comes down to Hillary and Donald, America appears ready to vote for DEEZ NUTS.