Most celebrities seem to fall to the Left on the political spectrum. Conservative voices in entertainment are rarely given attention. Celebrities who do espouse right-wing voices claim to have faced professional backlash for their views.
Gene Simmons, co-founder of the rock band KISS, seems like an unlikely Trump defender. But as seen on YouTube, Simmons stressed his referring to Trump as “President Trump” as a show of respect. The rock star also called on Americans to accept the 2016 election results, saying Trump won “fair and square.” Simmons emphasized that despite Americans’ differences, “the bad guys hate us all.”
As seen in the video, Simmons appeared on Fox News to discuss his latest project–a limited supply, $2,000 Gene Simmons “Vault” that contains 150 previously unreleased songs. The KISS bassist says he will personally fly out to deliver the Gene Simmons vaults to those who order them.
During the discussion, Simmons was asked about President Trump’s immigration policy, specifically, his opinion on the wall Trump has promised to build along America’s southern border. The rock musician then made a series of remarks that ran counter to the prevailing attitude among entertainers.
“First of all, it’s ‘President Trump.’ Some people like him, some people don’t, but you have to respect the Electoral College and the people of America, and they duly elected the man. Now, by the way, for everybody watching Fox News, if you have a point of view and you don’t agree that’s great.
“Don’t fight with each other. Let’s all be Americans. Next time there’s a vote, vote your conscience. The Founding Fathers were smart. You can draw the curtain and it’s nobody’s da** business who you vote for.”
Simmons was then asked if he was alluding to Hillary Clinton. The former Democrat presidential candidate has made headlines recently for remarks related to her new book What Happened, in which she blames multiple individuals–including Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders–for her election loss.
But Simmons asserted that his remarks were not limited to Clinton. “I’m talking to anybody who argues. You can argue all you want, but remember: the bad guys hate us all. They don’t make distinctions …”
This isn’t the first time the KISS front man has spoken about Trump or the wall. Last year, Simmons told Rolling Stone, “Secretly, tens of millions, perhaps 100 million people may actually have some positive feelings about a wall.” He then went on to describe walls as a “pragmatic” method for border security employed by many nations around the world.
“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.”
As Hollywood Reporter notes, Simmons emigrated to the US from Israel as a boy. His mother was a Jewish Holocaust Survivor. The KISS star has publicly supported Israel on several occasions.
Simmons said last year that celebrities should keep their political opinions to themselves. “I think celebrities should basically shut their pie holes and do what they do best—act, sing, tap dance… all that kind of stuff.