Kid Rock did not announce a bid for Michigan's U.S. Senate seat Tuesday evening, as some had anticipated, but did continue to tease a future in politics and stayed true to his controversial style.

"And if Kid Rock for Senate has got some folks in disarray, wait till they hear Kid Rock for president of the USA," he said as he began his performance as the opening act at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, repeating a line he used just a few days ago.

The sold-out concert took place as protests, organized by civil rights groups, amassed outside the arena over allegations of racism.

He pushed back against those allegations Tuesday, saying at his concert that he loves white and black people, "but neither as much as I love red, white, and blue."

He also addressed the protesters specifically in profane fashion, saying later in the concert that they can "protest these nuts."

The performance took place after it was reported that the Detroit Free Press had been denied press and photo credentials at the venue over a critical column written about him.

Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, announced a possible run for the Senate back in July. He has been a vocal supporter of President Trump.