KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons has weighed in on the 2016 presidential election, saying that controversial Republican candidate Donald Trump "is the truest political animal I've ever seen onstage."Simmons, a former contestant on Trump's "The Celebrity Apprentice" show, told RollingStone.com: "[Trump] has no speechwriters, no editing, no nothing. He's actually on tape going 'motherfucker.' You cannot turn away." He added: "[Trump] 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 [between the U.S. and Mexico] he'll say, 'Fuck you, I'm going to make it 10 feet higher, just because you asked me.' He's not there to be your friend." Simmons also appeared to agree with voters left behind by the American political system who are hoping Trump will finally bring change. "The middle, the centrists, they can say, 'What do you think of this?' because everybody is sick and tired of being politically correct," Gene said. "Secretly, tens of millions, perhaps a hundred million people may actually have some positive feelings about a wall. "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." Simmons went on to praise what he perceives to be Trump's radical honesty. "Trump is not a politician," he said. "He does not need your money, and he will speak his mind, God damn it, whether you like it or not. And he has no problem saying 'Fuck off.' I like that. Even if I disagree."
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