TWISTED SISTER singer Dee Snider has told Canadian Business in a new interview that he has no issues with Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump using the band's signature anthem "We're Not Gonna Take It" as the "exit song" at the controversial politician's recent campaign stops. Snider — who knows Trump personally after appearing more than once on "The Celebrity Apprentice" — said: "He called and he asked, which I appreciated. I said, 'Look, we don't see eye to eye on everything — there are definitely issues that we're far apart on.' But thinking back to when I wrote the song and what the song is about, it's about rebellion, speaking your mind and fighting the system. If anybody's doing that, he sure is."
He continued: "Trump and Bernie Sanders are the two extremes. They're raising holy hell and shaking everything up. That's what 'We're Not Gonna Take It' is about. And we're friends. I have spent time with Donald and his family. I don't think either of us expected that we would like each other, but you know, Donald Trump is a pretty chill guy. He's a frontman. When that camera goes on, he furls his brow, he does his thing. Off-camera he's very self-deprecating. He makes jokes about being too orange and about his hair."
Snider was fired by Trump on NBC's "The Celebrity Apprentice" in 2013.
Asked what he learned from Trump, Snider said: "What I learned from him: Take credit for everything and put your name on it. It's 'Dee Snider's Rock & Roll Christmas Tale', 'The House Of Hair With Dee Snider', 'Dee Snider's Strangeland'.
In a separate interview with The Huffington Post Canada, Snider stopped short of saying people should vote for Trump.
"Should he be president? Oh, I don't know about that," Snider said. "He's a little too much of a narcissist. But he's stirring the pot, that's one thing he's definitely doing, he's shaking it up. I think that's why he's getting ratings he's getting, people are just sick of the status quo."
He continued: "Now we have reality politics. The only mistake they made in that Republican [leaders'] debate, someone should have been voted off."
In 2012, Dee Snider complained when Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan used "We're Not Gonna Take It" as his intro music at a rally in Pennsylvania.