DEE SNIDER Insists He Is 'A Moderate': 'We Are The Majority' And 'We Decide, Not The Crazies On The Extremes'

July 7, 2023

In a new interview with the Hal Sparks radio program, TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider explained why he calls himself neither liberal or conservative but moderate. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "People ask me, 'In 2023, what is a moderate?' They know what a moderate used to be. But what a moderate is — if you believe that there's room for conversation, negotiation and compromise, you're a moderate. If you're all the way over on the right but you're willing to talk and consider a compromise, you're a moderate. And if you're all the way over on the left, they're the same. Beyond those lines — and that's a wide swath — I am in there. And that's a wide swath. And the bullying minorities on the extremes on either side, they're very loud, they're very vocal, they're very in your face, but they're not [part of the majority]. And people get very confused with me, because one minute I'm being lauded and applauded by the left and reviled by the right, and the next minute I'm being cheered by the right and hated on by the left.

"I'm a moderate," Dee continued. "Best example of that — I have a Tesla and a Hummer H2. That's a moderate. I've got in that closet behind me — my wife says, 'You have too many guns.' But there are no AR-15s and I believe in intelligent gun control. So that's a moderate.

"People [look at and say], 'What is your deal, man?' You're hating on me because I kind of leaned right in the recent press that I've gotten. At other times you're hatin' on me because I'm a leftie and I was the guy who fought censorship and, 'How could you wanna wear a mask?' I'm a moderate. So to try to figure it out — you can't. Unless you too are a moderate; then you only get what I'm saying. And remember — we are the majority. We are the majority. We decide, not the crazies on the extremes. They don't decide."

More than two months ago, Snider sparked backlash when he replied to Paul Stanley's April 30 tweet, which many have deemed transphobic. A day later, the San Francisco Pride Parade announced that Snider, who had previously been asked to serve as the Grand Marshal at the event, had "mutually agreed to part ways," adding that its members appreciated "Dee seeing this as a teachable moment and a reminder that even allies need to be educated to ensure that they are not casually promoting transphobia."

A few days later, Snider posted a statement on social media in which he described himself as a "proud moderate" and argued that "the transgender community needs moderates who support their choices, even if we don't agree with every one of their edicts."

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