Gene Simmons

Religion, politics, and ideas ofGene Simmons

Neutral to Trump

Praises Trump

Criticizes Trump

Pro Vaccine

Pro Mandatory Vaccination

Right-wing

Political Affiliation

Neutral to Trump

4 Jan 2017

In an interview with CNBC, when asked what was like to work with Donald Trump., Gene Simmons said

He’s a fascinating man, love him, hate him.

Praises Trump

Criticizes Trump

30 Mar 2016

In an interview with Rolling Stone., Gene Simmons said

He 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. He’s good for the political system. The middle, the centrists, they can say, ‘What do you think of this?’ because everybody is sick and tired of being politically correct. Secretly, tens of millions, perhaps 100 million people may actually have some positive feelings about a wall. [...] Macedonia is building a wall between Greece and Macedonia. 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. [...] What you can say about politicians is that they’re politicians. Trump is not a politician. 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.
Political Views

Possibly Right-wing

18 Jan 2021

When asked about his poor upbringing., Gene Simmons said

So, I don’t know how to say this, but it’s better to be rich than poor. It is. You can create jobs if you’re rich. You can give money to philanthropy if you’re rich. A poor person never gave me a job. And the person who came up with the phrase, ‘Money is the root of all evil’ is a moron. Money is not the root of all evil. Lack of money is the root of all evil. The reason people hold up 7-11 is they don’t have money. Why would I ever hold up a 7-11 when I could just buy the block? The reason for crime is people don’t have enough money. One of the cures for lowering crime is give people jobs, give them something to do so they can feed their families, so they don’t have to go out and steal. That’s the way out. And don’t get me started on drug addicts, that’s another thing. There are a lot of rich white boys who are on opioids and crack—that’s another story and I’m not qualified to comment.

Patriot

Neutral to Trump

18 Sep 2017

In an interview at SiriusXM, when asked for his thoughts on Donald Trump., Gene Simmons said

You respect the presidency whether you like the man in the job or lady in the job or not. [...] I’m totally for everybody having parades, and demonstrations, and having commentaries. It’s going to do nothing, I know the man reasonably well and he doesn’t care what anybody thinks.
Vaccine

Pro Vaccine

Pro Mandatory Vaccination

11 Nov 2021

In an interview with Steve Harkins, talking about the vaccine for COVID-19., Gene Simmons said

If you’re willing to walk among us unvaccinated, you are an enemy. I don’t care about your political beliefs. You are not allowed to infect anybody just because you think you’ve got rights that are delusional, of course. You don’t have the right to go through a red light — actually, the government has the right to tell you to stop. You have to put on a seatbelt. If they tell you you can’t smoke in a building, you can’t smoke in a building. And that’s not because they want to take away your rights, it’s because the rest of us hate it! We don’t want to smell your smoke. I don’t want to catch your disease. I don’t want to risk my life just because you want to go through a red light,” This whole idea — this delusional, evil idea that you get to do whatever you want and the rest of the world be damned — is really terrible. We’ve gotta identify those people and bring them out into the open so you know who they are. Know who your friends are by how much they care about you. That includes COVID.
Summary

Simmons is ethnically Jewish, but has a deep distrust of organized religion.

He is a pro-Israeli Independent.

Editorial

Gene Simmons, whose birth name was Chaim Weitz, was born in Haifa, Israel and grew up there and in New York City.

Simmons is Jewish and was raised by his mother, a Holocaust survivor.[1] He clearly identifies culturally with Jews and Israel, which I'll get into later, but I couldn't find any information about him being particularly religious.

In fact, he seems pretty suspicious of organized religion. He said,

Like, human beings are allowed to talk for God? Whoever came up with that one? The less educated you are, the more of a hold on you religion has.[2]

Maybe it's his suspicion of religion or maybe it's something else, but he hasn't always had kind words for Muslims–and it seems to stem from his Jewish roots more than anything else. In an interview in Australia, he started talking about extremists and suicide bombers, but betrayed an intolerance for non-extremist Muslims when he said,

This is a vile culture and if you think for a second that it's going to just live in the sands of God's armpit you've got another thing coming. . . . They want to come and live right where you live and they think that you're evil.[3]

Not exactly a model of tolerance. But then again, Simmons isn't known for being the most delicate speaker.

Pro-Israeli Independent

Simmons is a devout supporter of Israel, the country of his birth. He called performers who boycott Israel due to its policies toward the Palestinians "fools" and he publicly declared a wounded Israeli soldier a "hero."[4] About American support of Israel he said,

As an American, there's no choice but to be supportive of Israel. This is the Holy Land, and it's no secret that everybody in America perceives Israel as its only real friend in the Middle East – who else are you going to rely on?[5]

And he doesn't trust the Democrats or Obama to maintain that kind of support. He criticized the president's call for Israel to return to its 1967 borders.[6]

And although he voted for Obama in 2008, he said he was "ashamed" of his mistake[7] and put his support behind Republican Mitt Romney in 2012. About how Romney, a businessman, was more qualified than Obama, who started in politics as a community organizer, he said,

America should be in business and it should be run by a businessman. That's my philosophy.[8]

And Romney wasn't the first Republican Simmons voted for. He was a fan of George W. Bush as well. After saying he agreed with Democrat John Kerry, Bush's opponent in the 2004 presidential election, about environmental issues, women's rights, and the separation of church and state, he said he thought Bush was a better fit in the post-9/11 world:

Bush is mongrel. He is a cowboy. He can't even pronounce the word 'nuclear'. But this is the worst enemy terrorists have. And that is precisely the guy you want in charge.[9]

So it doesn't seem like Simmons is necessarily a Republican or a Democrat. He seems like a true Independent.

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