Prior to Donald Trump being elected President of the United States, KISS legend Gene Simmons was reserved when speaking about politics, reluctant to disclose which party he favored, if any. This has remained the same since Trump took office in January and amid a chaotic term thus far, Simmons is still looking at things objectively.
During an appearance on The Strombo Show (video below, transcription via Blabbermouth), hosted by George Stroumboulopoulos, Simmons discussed some of the more controversial aspects of Trump’s presidency as the leader of the free world has come under heavy fire for brash comments he’s made either in public or on Twitter. “Well, it’s too early [to judge],” the KISS bassist said when asked if Trump has been a good president. “You know, when you were a little baby and you kept falling on your face, I’m not going to judge you then,” he quipped.
Simmons isn’t blind to Trump’s words, however, adding, “Do I think he said a lot of stupid things? Oh, yeah. But I know the man, by the way — we hung and all that stuff. What you see is what you get. He says stupid things, and so do you, and so [do] I. I’m not validating it, but, there’s not a human being that walks on the face of the planet that privately hasn’t made racist, or anti-Semitic, or anti-women jokes, or anti-Irish jokes. Privately, everybody does it. He is a Tourette’s president who will say whatever he wants and he doesn’t give a f–k if you approve of him and he’s doing the job for one dollar. I like that.”
The KISS demon also brought up Mel Gibson’s infamous anti-Semetic remarks made in 2006. Detailing that he knows Gibson “very well,” Simmons acknowledged the actor’s past actions and also explained how much charity work Gibson does. “It’s your deeds, not what you say. You’ve said potty words and so have I. So I’m gonna give the guy who was duly elected a chance to show us what he can do and then I’ll judge his legacy,” said Simmons.
Last week, Simmons performed an act of charity, taking part in The Children Matter benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Harvey, inviting Ace Frehley to join him onstage for the first time in 16 years.