VIA| CNN mouthpiece and professional pot-stirrer Don Lemon could take a county fair chili cook-off and turn it into a divisive national political issue.
However, when he tried to get a rise out of KISS frontman Gene Simmons aboutDonald Trump, the long-tongued one refused to take the bait, instead praising many aspects of the 2016 presidential candidate’s political beliefs and values.
While Simmons agreed that Trump could sometimes be “ungentlemanly,” he called him a friend and said that “what you see is what you get with Donald Trump.”
Simmons — whose family immigrated from Israel — says that he understands Trump’s position on illegal immigration.
“I’m an immigrant,” Simmons told Lemon. “I came to this country because my mother and I wanted a better life.”
“We did come in legally and I do understand that there’s an issue with a lot of Americans,” he added. “They’re afraid. ‘What’s happening to America, the borders are unguarded.’ I get it!”
Simmons was a former contestant on Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” and clearly had a great deal of respect for the star. When Lemon baited him further, asking Simmons if he would have Trump change the tone of his rhetoric, Simmons refused to follow Lemon’s attempt to stir up controversy.
It’s actually pretty amazing. The media was lined up to take their best shots at Donald Trump if and when he was to announce his candidacy. And he’s taken all of them, and given as good as he’s gotten.
Now, the billionaire has turned himself from an interesting curiosity to a legitimate contender in the 2016 election — in spite of men and women like Don Lemon who still see Trump as a way to score easy ratings by creating some controversy.
Kudos to Gene Simmons for not taking the bait. Let’s hope that other conservatives take a page from his book.