“The important thing about Trump, and I’m not saying whether I’m voting for him, or Hilary [Clinton], or anybody else, is that he has changed the game,” the rocker tells PEOPLE while attending the John Varvatos 13th Annual Stuart House Benefit Presented by Chrysler in West Hollywood, California, on Sunday. “He doesn’t want your money. This guy funds his own campaign, and he is going to say things that tens of millions of people actually say quietly because politically it’s ‘incorrect.’ “
Simmons is no stranger to making headlines when he speaks his mind. He recently kicked up controversy when he criticized the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for inducting N.W.A. earlier this month, arguing that rappers and hip hop artists should not be included. (Which N.W.A. member Ice Cube said was “just wrong.”)
The two have a history as Simmons competed in The Celebrity Apprentice in 2007 (he was fired in week 3 after he bungled a deal with Kodak). But the 66-year-old rocker clearly holds no hard feelings about being fired by Trump.
“I think people are sick and tired of politicians who have words that are written by other people,” he says. “And they are trying to cater and make everybody happy.”
“He doesn’t care.”
And, if Trump manages to land the Republican nomination, is there a chance that he could tap Simmons for a post as Vice President?
“Honestly, it doesn’t pay enough,” the singer says with a laugh. “Even God passes the hat around.”