Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It” is among the songs Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been playing on the campaign trail, and frontman Dee Snider is fine with that.
“He called and he asked, which I appreciated,” Snider (who appeared on The Celebrity Apprentice with Trump) told Canadian Business. “I said, ‘Look, we don’t see eye to eye on everything — there are definitely issues that we’re far apart on.’ But thinking back to when I wrote the song and what the song is about, it’s about rebellion, speaking your mind and fighting the system. If anybody’s doing that, he sure is.”
“Trump and Bernie Sanders are the two extremes,” he continues. “They’re raising holy hell and shaking everything up. That’s what ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ is about.”
“And we’re friends,” he adds. “I have spent time with Donald and his family. I don’t think either of us expected that we would like each other, but you know, Donald Trump is a pretty chill guy. He’s a frontman. When that camera goes on, he furls his brow, he does his thing. Off-camera he’s very self-deprecating. He makes jokes about being too orange and about his hair.”
Snider doesn’t always approve of politicians using his band’s songs. In 2012, he denounced paul Ryan’s use of “We’re Not Gonna Take It” at a rally. “There is almost nothing he stands for that I agree with except the use of the [workout program] P90X,” he said in a statement at the time.