Protesters and supporters alike have been bird-dogging most candidates on the presidential campaign trail to the Primaries with signs and other stunts. However, Ted Cruz alone has inspired one activist to troll the candidate's Iowa events with a sign declaring "Ted Cruz Likes Nickelback."
After turning up at several Cruz campaign events with his now-famous sign in hand, the young man took his protest to a new level by dressing up as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police outside a rally hosted by the Texas senator's super PAC this past weekend. While surrounded by Canadian flags with the candidate's face emblazoned on the Maple leaf the protester handed out copies of the candidate's birth certificate, apparently to make a point regarding the senator's citizenship status.
The protester explained the impetus behind his protest sign to The Washington Post with three words: "They're both Canadian." He added: "I just don't want, really, a Canadian in office. It seems like he's got a lot of controversy behind him whether he's a U.S.-born citizen or not and I'm just out here making a statement."
The troll's identity has remained anonymous and his affiliation (if any) is unclear, but his concerns regarding the fact that both Cruz and Nickelback have their roots in Calgary, Canada echo recent claims made by Donald Trump's campaign.
The protester's repeated allegations regarding the senator's musical taste could have potentially catastrophic consequences for the candidate's campaign considering the band's history. As Consequence of Sound points out, the band's discography is so disliked that the band was once wanted by Australian police for "crimes against music" and was nearly banned from performing in London thanks to a crowdfunded campaign.
When the Post asked the young activist to name his favorite Nickelback song is he responded "I don't like Nickelback." It remains unclear how the candidate really feels about the band.
Chad Kroeger et al seem to have taken the protester's accusations in stride. Earlier this month the band shared a photo of the protester in action on their Facebook, declaring him the band's "employee of the month."
NICKELBACK Employee of the Month. January 2016.#Election2016 #Nickelback4President