Comedian Paul Rodriguez: ‘I’m a Closeted Republican’
The 'Blood Work' and 'Ali' star told TMZ he supports President Donald Trump and believes America 'should protect its border'
Comedian Paul Rodriguez (pictured above right) supports President Donald Trump.
The 63-year-old comedian told TMZ in an interview on Tuesday that he does “agree with a lot of things he’s [Trump] done.”
With that said, the Mexican-American comedian does have his problems with the president.
Rodriguez said he disagrees with Trump’s “wording” and believes it’s what “offends a lot of us.”
“He’s a very coarse man,” the comedian said.
He revealed he thinks more people would openly agree with Trump if somebody else made the same points — but said them in a different way.
When asked what specific policies Rodriguez agrees with Trump on, he said America “should protect its borders.”
Rodriquez was born in Mexico, but his parents immigrated to Compton, California, when he was a child.
“I know a lot of Mexican-Americans are going to disagree with me,” Rodriguez said about his position on the border. “It’s not that I don’t care about the people who obviously want to immigrate to this country, but you can’t let everybody in.”
He added, “I’m an immigrant myself. My parents came in the right way. They stood in line for days.”
Rodriguez said he is “a closeted Republican,” something that no doubt many other Hollywood conservatives would identify with and understand.
“That’s very rare to find a Mexican-American who’s a Republican. At least people can look at me, and know that it’s not that I don’t love this country. I’m an immigrant. I love this country,” the comedian said.
Despite expressing the views that he did, Rodriguez believes celebrities should stay away from politics.
“Any entertainer shouldn’t get into politics because half of the audience is going to hate you,” he said. “I’ve lost a lot of people who’ve come to see [me], but my show’s not political. I’m there to entertain.”
He added, “It’s a terrible thing for me to say this. I will pay the price for this, but as long as we’re able to speak our minds, I think I should have the right to be wrong in your opinion.”
Rodriguez was previously a lifelong Democrat, but after expressing disappointment in Barack Obama’s first term in office, he endorsed Republican Mitt Romney for president in the 2012 presidential race.
Beyond his stand-up comedy, Rodriguez is known for starring in such films as Clint Eastwood’s “Blood Work” and Michael Mann’s “Ali.”
He also served in the United States Air Force.
Check out the TMZ interview with Paul Rodriguez below: