TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider, who earlier in the year became known as the only rocker willing to let Donald Trump use one of his songs at campaign events, says that being friends with the Republican presidential hopeful isn’t easy. He tells Canada’s The Globe And Mail: “I’ve never been a guy who only wants to hang out with people who are the same as me. I have all sorts of different kinds of friends who I enjoy for a lot of different reasons.
“I don’t think anyone would have expected Donald Trump and I to be friends. I didn’t.”
He continued: “As is the case with a lot of my friends, we tend to stick to that old saying about not discussing religion or politics. I admit that more and more it’s something I’m struggling with. It’s becoming difficult to ignore the sorts of sentiments and ideologies he is provoking in the American people. It’s upsetting and it in no way represents how I feel.”
Snider added: “When I gave him permission to use ‘We’re Not Going To Take It’ in his campaign, it was never about endorsing his politics. That song is about shaking things up, challenging the status quo, and that is certainly Trump. Honestly, though, what is happening now is worrying.”
After recent developments in Trump’s campaign, Snider told CBC that he may tell the controversial candidate to stop playing “We’re Not Gonna Take It”. He said: “I strongly don’t agree with his extremist positions. I know the man’s not a racist. He’s a friend of mine. When you’ve got white supremacy groups aligning themselves with you and you don’t denounce them … that’s a problem for me.”
Trump has gained endorsements from far-right and racist groups, but has been slow to distance himself from them.
Snider was fired by Trump on NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice” in 2013.
Earlier this month, Trump drew condemnation from world leaders over his call to bar all Muslims from entering the United States.