In the past year, musicians have told Donald Trump not to use their songs. It's a pretty standard request during presidential elections, and for more than just copyright reasons: Musicians don't want to be associated with a candidate who doesn't embody their values.
But there are a few artists who have come out in support of the reality television boss turned president-elect. They represent a wide-range of music (not just mainstream country) and have come out in support of the Donald online and in interviews.
1. Gene Simmons of KISS
The frontman and bassist of rock group KISS
told Rolling Stone magazine
that Donald Trump is "good for the political system." In the interview, Simmons, who was a contestant on the first season of the Celebrity Apprentice
, also supported Trump's proposition to build a wall along the U.S./Mexico border. "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."
Apparently no one told Simmons that there is an enormous gap in the wall in front of Saint Peter's Basilica, allowing visitors to enter the Holy City. In fact, the first image that appears when you google "The Vatican" shows this gap.
2. Ted Nugent
Surprise, surprise. Rock guitarist and staunch supporter of the Second Amendment Ted Nugent
is a Trump supporter. Nugent, who was also a fan of George W. Bush, speaks highly of Trump. In "Give Trump the Medal of Freedom," an editorial he wrote
for WorldNetDaily, Nugent defended Trump and applauded him for "speaking his mind in such a bold, honest, and straightforward manner."
Let's calm it down there, Ted. If you were in charge, Kanye West would be an ideal candidate for the Medal of Freedom. And while we're at it, let's maybe shy away from writing songs that talk about putting women in strangleholds.
3. Kanye West
Speaking of Kanye, the rapper (who had a breakdown at a concert and has since been hospitalized) went on a tirade on stage after the election, saying he supported Trump's "method of communication."
4. Kid Rock
Rapper, rocker and country musician Kid Rock approves of the Donald. Kid Rock eloquently said, "Let the motherfucking business guy run it like a fucking business. And his campaign has been entertaining as shit," in a Rolling Stone interview
Reminder: Trump filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy four
Keep reading for more musicians who support Donald Trump.