- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Country music legend Kenny Rogers says he’s big fan of Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump because he’s one of the few people who “has the guts” to lead the country.

“I really like him. I think his problem is that he says what everyone wants to hear, but he doesn’t say it well,” Mr. Rogers, 77, told The Guardian in a wide-ranging interview published Monday.

“I love what he says, I have to admit. He can be president and not owe anybody anything; he’s one of the few people [who] has the money to do it, and has the guts to do it. You’re biting off a lot by doing that,” the retiring singer added. “He believes everything he says: Whether he’s right or not, he says what everybody fears.”

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He said his older sons laugh at him when he speaks positively of Mr. Trump.

“They are Democrats that live in California — there’s no hope for them,” Mr. Rogers said of his sons. “They’ll vote for Hillary no matter what she does.”

“She’s a friend of mine. I’m not trashing her,” he added.

Mr. Rogers, who has a new album out titled “Once Again It’s Christmas,” went on to explain the importance of Christmas to him.

“The people who come to Christmas shows have a different mindset than people who want to hear the hits. They are looking for someone to help re-enforce the importance of Christmas to them,” he told The Guardian. “I encourage them to not lose Christmas. I bought some clothes the other day, and the young kid said: ‘Have a happy holiday,’ and I said: ‘Have a merry Christmas,’ and he said: ‘We aren’t allowed to say that in here,’ and I said: ‘Well, I can.’ It’s so easy to be politically correct and pretty soon everything gets sterilized.”

Mr. Rogers opened up on his plans after his final tour, which include a theme park called “Kennyland” or “Kenny World” where they’ll “have an avatar of me on the stage.”

On his decision to retire, he explained: “I get tired being out here. I’m gone a lot. I don’t see my family. In my book, I wrote, “There is a fine line between being driven and selfish,” and I think I was selfish when I was younger. I’ve done everything there is, accomplished everything I want to accomplish, and now I want to be a good father. I don’t know how many more years I have, so I have to take them now.”

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