By Amanda Wicks
While much of the music world seems opposed to the possibility that Donald Trump could become president, one musician is voicing his admiration for the Republican presidential candidate. No stranger to making incendiary comments, Gene Simmons told Rolling Stone he believed Trump was a marvel to watch.
“He is the truest political animal I’ve ever seen onstage,” Simmons said in the new interview. “He has no speechwriters, no editing, no nothing. He’s actually on tape going ‘motherf——.’ You cannot turn away.”
Simmons clarified that Trump doesn’t necessarily have his vote, but he admitted, “He’s good for the political system. The middle, the centrists, they can say, ‘What do you think of this?’ because everybody is sick and tired of being politically correct. Secretly, tens of millions, perhaps 100 million people may actually have some positive feelings about a wall.”
As for that wall, Simmons points to other instances where countries have established walls between borders and the purported good it’s done. “Macedonia is building a wall between Greece and Macedonia,” he said. “There’s a wall between Israel and a neighboring country. There was a Berlin Wall. There was the Great Wall of China. So whether they’re good or bad for people, walls actually work. It’s unkind, but in terms of pragmatics, it actually works … The Pope has said the wall is unkind, but it’s interesting that at the Vatican there’s a wall. They don’t want people on the outside coming into the Vatican.”
Unlike Chingy and Kid Rock, who have each come out in support of Trump, Simmons’ comments aren’t a complete thumbs-up. Still, the growing faction of musicians supporting, admiring or appreciating Trump continues to develop into a strange amalgamation of personalities.