Gene Simmons Says Donald Trump Is 'Better & Smarter' Than Recent Comments on Immigration

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Gene Simmons attends the "Gene Simmons Is a Powerful and Attractive Man and Other Irrefutable Facts" book release party at Rock & Brews on March 31, 2015 in El Segundo, California.

Donald Trump's presidential campaign has gotten off to a rocky start thus far, with his comments regarding Mexican immigrants generating a lot of controversy. Gene Simmons, a former contestant on Celebrity Apprentice, went on CNN Tonight with Don Lemon to discuss his friend Trump's presidential bid, criticizing his views on immigration while maintaining that Trump is a "legitimate, upstanding guy."

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The Kiss frontman joked that being asked about presidential politics was like "people asking Jeb Bush about what he thinks of Led Zeppelin." But went on to say Trump has been "ungentlemanly" and is "better and smarter" than his recent comments suggest. "Fear creates all times of havoc. Sometimes it creates hate," Simmons said on Trump's comments. Regardless, he calls Trump a great father, a friend and a "straight shooter." 

As for Hillary Clinton, Simmons' stance might surprise some people: "She has a lot to say and a lot to offer."

Trump's rhetoric has left the Latin music community in an uproar, and stars such as Pitbull and Ricky Martin have been vocal in their opposition. After his song "Rockin' in the Free World" was used by Trump during a speech without his permission, Neil Young has also heavily criticized the Republican candidate.