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Falling short of officially endorsing the Republican presidential front-runner, rock legend Gene Simmons said he has enjoyed watching Donald Trump, calling him “the truest political animal I’ve ever seen onstage.”
The 66-year-old former KISS frontman made his observations during a Rolling Stone interview Wednesday and said that Trump was “bound to happen” in what he called the “Age of Kardashian.”
The vocalist and bass player also enjoys the unscripted nature of a Trump event.
“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 [at the southern border] he’ll say, ‘F**k you, I’m going to make it 10 feet higher, just because you asked me.’ He’s not there to be your friend,” he told the magazine.
What Simmons most admires about Trump is his ability to understand the feelings of the electorate.
“He’s good for the political system,” he said. “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.”
And he had a lot to say on the subject of walls.
“Macedonia is building a wall between Greece and Macedonia,” he continued. “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.”
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