Kid Rock responds on Facebook to calls to cancel concerts

FILE--In this Feb. 22, 2015 file photo, Kid Rock performs before the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)

DETROIT (AP) — Kid Rock says criticism about his upcoming concerts in Detroit is politically motivated.

The Detroit-area native whose real name is Robert Ritchie posted an obscenity-laced response Monday on Facebook to a planned protest by the National Action Network’s Detroit chapter.

The first of six concerts is scheduled Tuesday. The civil rights group last week called for their cancellation because of Kid Rock’s past display of the Confederate flag during performances and his recent criticism of black former NFL player Colin Kaepernick for refusing to stand during the national anthem last year.

Kid Rock wrote, “None of this would be going on if I were not thinking of running for office.”

He has been encouraged to run for the U.S. Senate as a Republican.