Dee Snider can’t endorse ‘friend’ Trump’s immigration policies

Donald Trump and Dee Snider in 2012
Donald Trump and Dee Snider in 2012 (Image credit: Getty)

Twisted Sister mainman Dee Snider says while he’s a personal friend of US presidential hopeful Donald Trump, he can’t agree with his strict immigration plans.

Trump has said in the past that he would build a wall along the Mexican border to stop people entering the US, and called for a “total and complete shutdown” of the country’s borders to Muslims in the wake of the San Bernardino terrorist attack in December 2015.

But Snider says these are policies he just can’t agree on.

The vocalist tells “My ancestors who were granted asylum here in America – they were immigrants. And if they hadn’t been allowed in and granted asylum, I would not be here.

“And I think people forget too quickly that this is America. All of our families, unless you’re Native American, come from immigrant families. And it wasn’t too long ago when every one of our families was the odd man out, and they were the people that were being shunned.

“I feel we should be stringent, and we should be strong on the borders, and we should be super careful – but to actually just block an entire religion or stop a race of people from coming into our country, that’s not what America is.

“That’s not what this country’s built on, and I can’t stand behind that.”

Snider previously allowed Trump to use Twisted Sister classic We’re Not Gonna Take It at his rallies – but later asked him not to when he found out “his political stance on a number of subjects.”

Snider adds: “My band was uncomfortable. Well, they had mixed feelings. Some are pro-Trump, others are not pro-Trump. But it was like, ‘Hey, we’re all being defined by this.’ And that’s not what the song was about.

“The song was sort of a song for everybody, not just for one voice.”

Other rock and metal artists who have come out against Trump’s policies include Slayer’s Kerry King who called him “the biggest biggest liar I’ve ever seen in politics.”

Limp Bizkit’s Wes Borland told Trump supporters to stop following him on Instagram, while the estate of late Beatle George Harrison, Queen, the Rolling Stones and Aerosmith have all asked him to stop using their songs at his political rallies.

Snider’s solo album We Are The Ones was released last month.

Interview: Gene Simmons on Bob Dylan, Eddie Van Halen and Donald Trump

Scott Munro
Louder e-commerce editor

Scott has spent more than 30 years in newspapers and magazines as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, designer, writer and reviewer. After initially joining our news desk in the summer of 2014, he moved to the e-commerce team full-time in 2020. He maintains Louder’s buyer’s guides, scouts out the best deals for music fans and reviews headphones, speakers, books and more. He's written more than 11,000 articles across Louder, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog and has previous written for publications including IGN, the Sunday Mirror, Daily Record and The Herald covering everything from daily news and weekly features, to video games, travel and whisky. Scott grew up listening to rock and prog, cutting his teeth on bands such as Marillion and Magnum before his focus shifted to alternative and post-punk in the late 80s. His favourite bands are Fields Of The Nephilim, The Cure, New Model Army, All About Eve, The Mission, Ned's Atomic Dustbin and Drab Majesty, but he also still has a deep love of Rush.