KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons discussed current US President Trump.
“Quite honestly, I didn’t think of the presidency, but it takes a certain personality, certain DNA to go anywhere and do anything,”
He further added:
“If you really think about it, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who’s from Austria, the fact that he became — with a difficult-sounding name — the biggest bodybuilder, the biggest star on earth in movies, although he couldn’t pronounce English words well, and then the governor of California, the fifth largest economy on planet Earth — ahead of the U.K. Could have been president, except that he wasn’t born in America.
“Politics has forever changed. Whether you like it or not, this president has changed it,”
“I understand this thing,” Gene said of Trump‘s need to punch back against opponents.
“It’s a New York streetfighter. If you say, ‘What are you looking at? You’re looking at me?’ Politics are over. Now this guy is just saying, ‘I don’t care what my guys are saying. Did you just say something bad about me? I’m coming after you.'”
Asked for his opinion on the state of the world in 2019, Simmons said:
“Look, as a history buff and as a former sixth-grade teacher in Spanish Harlem, it’s never been better. Don’t kid yourself. My mother was a concentration camp survivor in World War II. She was 14 years of age. She, unfortunately, just passed on during Christmas.
“Earth has never been in better shape,” Gene added.
“I know — climate change and a polarized political thing — but there are no more world wars. I mean, imagine what London looked like 60 years ago. This is the best of times.
Unemployment in the United States is the lowest it’s been in 50 years — 5-0. When I rang the bell at the New York Stock Exchange at their behest, the Dow[Jones Industrial Average] was about 8,000. It’s almost 27,000 today. More people are working. More people are making more money. Unions are more powerful.”