Porn Pulse: Gay Playgirl Model Running For President

Ronnie Kroell. Photo via Ronnie Kroell

Openly gay actor and model Ronnie Kroell, one-time Playgirl feature and a pit crew member in Season 5 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, announced at the Pump gay club in West Hollywood he would be running as an independent candidate in the 2020 U.S. Presidential election.

“Donald Trump wouldn’t know how to handle a candidate like me, it’s not in his wheelhouse,” Kroell told Towleroad.

Kroell, 36, joins out Democratic Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg in the 2020 race for the White House.

The former actor in the gay indie comedy “Eating Out 4: Drama Camp” has set up a website and campaign donation tab with a $150,000 goal. It has made $5,401 at the time of writing.

Under “Issues” the website proclaims “Ronnie is taking a page from George Washington’s book and looking to YOU, The People, for guidance in developing his platform.”

After moving to LA from NYC in 2012, Kroell was a part of "The New F-Word – Giving Bullying The Bird,” a campaign that aimed to encourage friendship and bystanders to bullying. Kroell and fellow campaigners visited schools, businesses, and organizations to talk about bullying and suicide. The group committed to a 921-mile walk while visiting these establishments.

“Vulnerability and empathy are key to opening up and reducing stigma around mental health, but for this work to be truly successful — we must shift the conversation from “anti-bully” to “pro-friendship,” Kroell went on to tell Towleroad

“My wanting to be president is rooted in a passion for the people, a desire to remind ourselves that the power belongs to US, and a deep inner calling that I cannot ignore that wants me to find a way to help heal our Nation’s wounds,” Kroell went on to say.

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