Gene Simmons has had some pretty heinous opinions. You expect that delirious statements from a 66-year-old who didn’t pencil in time for sleep between rock n’ rolling and partying. But even broken clocks are right twice a day. His latest actually worthwhile opinion concerns Donald Trump, who he sees as a sort of a fascinating train wreck and the ultimate politician in the age of reality TV.
“He is the truest political animal I’ve ever seen onstage,” Simmons told Rolling Stone. “He has no speechwriters, no editing, no nothing. He’s actually on tape going ‘motherf*cker.’ You cannot turn away.”
Simmons admitted that he’s impressed with Trump’s drive, even if he doesn’t actually support the Republican frontrunner.
“He has said some very vile, unkind things. But don’t kid yourself. He speaks off the cuff, and what you see is what you get. And he’ll double down. If you ask him about building a wall [on the U.S.-Mexico border] he’ll say, ‘F*ck you, I’m going to make it 10 feet higher, just because you asked me.’ He’s not there to be your friend…Trump is not a politician. He does not need your money, and he will speak his mind, God d*mn it, whether you like it or not. And he has no problem saying ‘F*ck off.’ I like that. Even if I disagree.”
He’s also semi-supportive of one of Trump’s most-controversial talking points: building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Simmons notes that “walls actually work,” using the Great Wall of China, the Berlin Wall, and the wall between Israel and the Gaza Strip as examples.
Ultimately, Simmons says that Trump has “changed politics forever in America.” For Anderson Cooper’s sake, I hope he’s wrong.