Gene Simmons has been very vocal when it comes to his thoughts on the COVID-19 pandemic over the past year. And this week he cranked things up a notch when he lambasted the political leadership in two Republican-led states for what the Kiss bass player-singer said was their laser focus on re-election rather than making sure their constituents are safe and healthy.
"Always listen to the CDC and the doctors -- not stupid politicians," Simmons, 72, told 95.5 KLOS' Marci Wiser in a recent interview, adding that it's "f---ing nuts" that Americans are listening to politicians over scientists. "Not all politicians -- evil, self-serving politicians of a certain party who are more interested in getting re-elected than actually saving lives. I can't tell you how furious I am ... The politicians in Texas and Florida -- evil, self-serving, just moronic. That includes the president of Brazil."
Simmons spoke to the station in the wake of bandmate Paul Stanley testing positive for COVID, which forced the veteran greasepaint rockers to postpone three shows so far on their already-delayed final tour. Though Simmons did not name specific politicians, he appeared to be referencing controversial recent decisions by the Republican governors of Texas and Florida to ban mask mandates and other potentially life-saving measures even as their states' ICUs are facing dire shortages of room due to exploding case loads as a result of the highly contagious Delta variant.