- 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.”

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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