Thursday December 10, 2015

Dee Snider on Donald Trump: 'This has gotten wildly out of control'

In this composite photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is seen at left speaking during a campaign stop Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, in Knoxville, Tenn., while Twister Sister frontman Dee Snider is seen at right in the CBC q studio in Toronto on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2015.

In this composite photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is seen at left speaking during a campaign stop Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, in Knoxville, Tenn., while Twister Sister frontman Dee Snider is seen at right in the CBC q studio in Toronto on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2015. (Wade Payne/Associated Press and Fabiola Carletti/CBC)

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Dee Snider is having second thoughts.

The former Twisted Sister frontman says he's reconsidering allowing  U.S. Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump to use the song We're Not Going To Take It during the Republican presidential candidate's campaign.

"I have to call Donald," said Snider to Shad, host of CBC Radio's q.

"What's going on now has me questioning allowing the song to be continued to be used. And it's very upsetting to me because I strongly don't agree with his extremist positions. I know the man's not a racist. He's a friend of mine."

Snider met Trump during appearances on The Apprentice and Celebrity Apprentice in 2012 and 2013. The two later became good friends.

Trump's latest controversial statement calls for a ban on all Muslims entering the United States.

"When you've got white supremacy groups aligning themselves with you and you don't denounce them ... that's a problem for me."

Snider had agreed to let Trump use the song as a favour to a friend, but specified that "it's not an endorsement."

"The song was about rebellion, about shaking things up, about defying authority. You certainly do that. You and Bernie Sanders," he recalled telling the outspoken Trump.

Snider described Trump as the kind of friend you "hang with, vacation with, party with," but don't talk to about religion, politics or sports, "because we know that can be the end of our relationships."

Click on the audio clip here to listen to Shad's conversation with Snider about Trump, and click here to listen to the full interview with Snider in his q playlist.