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Deez Nuts (politician)

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Deez Nuts
CampaignU.S. presidential election, 2016
CandidateDeez Nuts
HeadquartersWallingford, Iowa
Key peopleBrady C. Olsen

Deez Nuts was a satirical candidate, portrayed by Brady C. Olson (born 1999/2000 (age 19–20)), who ran in the 2016 United States presidential election. His form to run for office was filed with the Federal Election Commission in late July 2015.[2] In polls conducted by Public Policy Polling in Iowa, Minnesota and North Carolina in mid-August 2015, he polled at 8, 8 and 9 percent respectively, garnering the attention of the media.[3][4] On October 11, 2015, Deez Nuts announced on his Facebook page his intention to run for Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, citing his eligibility despite not being a member of the House itself and the scarcity of candidates. A poll performed in mid-August 2016 showed Deez Nuts slightly edging out Harambe and Jill Stein in Texas, with 3% of the vote.[5]

Nuts' bid for the presidency drew attention to the number of questionable candidates who had filed to run for office.[6][7][8] Jim Williams, an analyst at Public Policy Polling, the organization that had conducted the poll in North Carolina, noted to The Guardian that, due to a fringe of the population with a penchant towards anti-establishment candidates, "You could call [the third party candidate] anything, and they would get their 7% or 8%."[9]

It was revealed on August 19, 2015 that "Deez Nuts" is 15-year-old Brady C. Olson of Wallingford, Iowa. He stated, in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, that he created the practical joke "half-trying to break the two-party system, half-frustration with the front-runners." Olson also endorsed Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination, and Ohio Governor John Kasich for the Republican nomination.[10] Olsen has expressed libertarian views.[11] Olson, according to Section 1 of Article Two of the United States Constitution,[12] does not meet the minimum age requirement of 35 years at the time of inauguration to be able to serve as president if elected following the 2016 elections.

In August 2016, the Federal Election Commission announced its intent to punish future satirical candidates for president for false filings with a federal agency.[13][14]


Deez Nuts was endorsed by the man behind the original 'Deez Nuts' skit, hip-hop artist Warren G.[15] Ice-T also endorsed Deez Nuts.[16]

Deez Nuts endorsed Bernie Sanders[17] and John Kasich for the respective 2016 Democratic and Republican presidential nominations.[18]


Deez Nuts first gained media attention from being included in a Public Policy Polling survey as a joke.[3]


Poll source Date Democratic candidate % Republican candidate % Independent candidate %
Public Policy Polling[19]

Sample size: 1,083
Margin of error ±3.0%

March 24–26, 2016 Hillary Clinton 42% Donald Trump 37% Deez Nuts 10%
Bernie Sanders 43% Donald Trump 37% Deez Nuts 8%


North Carolina

Poll source Date Democratic candidate % Republican candidate % Independent candidate % Other %
Public Policy Polling[20]

Sample size: 406
Margin of error ±3.2%

August 12–16, 2015 Hillary Clinton 38% Donald Trump 40% Deez Nuts 9% Not sure 12%
Poll source Date Candidate % Candidate % Candidate % Candidate % Candidate % Candidate % Candidate % Candidate % Other %
Public Policy Polling[21]

Sample size: 1,254
Margin of error ±2.8%

August 28–30, 2016 Beast Mode 5% Butt Stuff 3% Captain Crunch 17% Cranky Pants 2% Deez Nuts 9% Limberbutt McCubins 1% 'Murican Cookies 1% Queen Elsa Ice 4% Not sure 58%


Poll source Date Democratic candidate % Republican candidate % Independent candidate % Independent candidate % Other %
Public Policy Polling[22]

Sample size: 944
Margin of error ±3.2%

August 12–14, 2016 Hillary Clinton 38% Donald Trump 47% Deez Nuts 3% Harambe 2% Undecided 11%


Poll source Date Candidate % Candidate % Candidate % Candidate % Candidate % Candidate % Other %
Public Policy Polling[23]

Sample size: 1,018
Margin of error ±3.1%

August 19–21, 2016 Darrell Castle 3% Deez Nuts 4% Harambe 3% Gary Johnson 18% Evan McMullin 11% Jill Stein 5% Not sure 54%


  1. ^ Woolf, Nicky (August 20, 2015). ""I have so many websites" Donald "All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me" Trump beware: political apprentice Deez Nuts is top-polling independent". The Guardian. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  2. ^ Details for Candidate ID : P60009198, Federal Election Commission.
  3. ^ a b Collins, Ben (August 19, 2015). "Presidential Sensation Deez Nuts Is a 15-Year-Old Iowa Farm Boy". The Daily Beast. Retrieved August 27, 2016.
  4. ^ Jensen, Tom. " "I have so many websites" Donald "All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me" Trump grows lead in NC; GOP leads most match ups." Public Policy Polling. Ed. Dean Debnam. Public Policy Polling, 19 Aug. 2015. Web. 22 Aug. 2015. <>.
  5. ^ Poll: Jill Stein tied with Harambe, trailing Deez Nutz in Texas (16 Aug 2016), The Hill.
  6. ^ Kaplan, Rebecca (July 28, 2015). Deez Nuts is running for president, CBS News
  7. ^ Fang, Marina (August 4, 2015). 'Deez Nuts' And 'Sydneys Voluptuous Buttocks' Are Running For President, Because Why Not, Huffington Post
  8. ^ Fuller, Jaime (August 19, 2015). Poll Numbers Improving for 15-Year-Old Presidential Candidate 'Deez Nuts', New York
  9. ^ Berenson, Tessa (August 20, 2015). "Meet the 15-Year Old Presidential Candidate Who is Polling 9%". TIME. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  10. ^ Dickinson, Tim (August 20, 2015). "Meet 'Deez Nuts,' the Teen Presidential Candidate Punking America". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  11. ^ Soave, Robby (August 20, 2015). "2016 Presidential Candidate Deez Nuts Is (Are?) Libertarian". Hit and Run Blog. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  12. ^ "Constitution of the United States, Article 2, Section 1". Retrieved 2015-08-21. ... neither shall any Person be eligible to [the office of President of the United States of America] who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years ....
  13. ^ Schouten, Fredreka (August 19, 2016). "Federal Election Commission cracks down on Deez Nuts, other fake candidates". USA TODAY. Retrieved June 27, 2018.
  14. ^
  15. ^ Collins, Ben (August 20, 2015). "Warren G Endorses Deez Nuts for President". The Daily Beast. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  16. ^ "Ice-T Said Everything Tapper Couldn't During #CNNDebate Live-Tweets". 17 September 2015.
  17. ^ "Deez Nuts endorses Sanders in Dem primary". TheHill. 2015-08-22. Retrieved 2015-08-29.
  18. ^ "'Deez Nuts' backs Sanders, Kasich for nominations -". 2015-08-22. Retrieved 2015-08-29.
  19. ^ "Romney/Ryan Wouldn't be GOP Salvation Against Clinton". Public Policy Polling. March 31, 2016. Retrieved August 27, 2016.
  20. ^ "Trump grows lead in NC; GOP leads most match ups". Public Policy Polling. August 19, 2015. Retrieved August 27, 2016.
  21. ^ "Clinton Closely Matched with Carson, Fiorina, Trump" (PDF). September 3, 2016. Retrieved November 4, 2016.
  22. ^ "Trump Leads By Only 6 in Texas". Public Policy Polling. August 16, 2016. Retrieved August 27, 2016.
  23. ^ "Trump Unpopular, But Still Heavily Favored in Utah". Public Policy Polling. August 23, 2016. Retrieved August 27, 2016.
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