Comic Paul Rodriguez admits he's a Trump supporter: 'It's a terrible thing for me to say this. I will pay the price for it'

Paul Rodriguez, a comedian from The Original Latin Kings of Comedy, shared a dirty secret as a Hollywood-er: He’s a “closet Republican” and a supporter of President Trump.

“I agree with a lot of the things he’s done,” the Mexican-born comic told TMZ earlier this week. Though he said the words Trump uses “offends a lot of us.”

As for which of Trump’s policies resonates with him most, he said, “America should protect its borders, you know? I know a lot of Mexican-Americans are going to disagree with me. 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. I’m an immigrant myself. My parents came in the right way. They stood in line for days.”

He continued: “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.”

Rodriguez said he was expecting backlash over his comments.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 01: Comedian Paul Rodriguez performs onstage during The Conga Room's 20th Anniversary Salsa Extravaganza at Microsoft Theater on February 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JC Olivera/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Comedian/Actor Paul Rodriguez performs during Gabriel 'FLUFFY' Iglesias One Show Fits All World Tour at Staples Center on January 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 29: Paul Rodriguez attends the 15th Annual Bob Hope USO K-Earth 101 Comedy Radiothon at The Laugh Factory on June 29, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 29: Paul Rodriguez attends the 15th Annual Bob Hope USO K-Earth 101 Comedy Radiothon at The Laugh Factory on June 29, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JUNE 24: Comedian Paul Rodriguez performs during his appearance at The Ice House Comedy Club on June 24, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Michael Schwartz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 02: Writer/producer Norman Lear and comedian Paul Rodriguez attend CHCI Honors Norman Lear - Then And Now: A Transformative Conversation at City Club Los Angeles on June 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tara Ziemba/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 02: Comedian Paul Rodriguez speaks onstage at CHCI Honors Norman Lear - Then And Now: A Transformative Conversation at City Club Los Angeles on June 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matthew Simmons/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 13: Comedian Paul Rodriguez performs during his appearance at The Ice House Comedy Club on January 13, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Michael Schwartz/WireImage)
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“It’s a terrible thing for me to say this,” he admitted. “I will pay the price for it, but as long as we’re able to speak our minds, I think I should have the right to be wrong in your opinion.”

And while he also said that “any entertainer shouldn’t get into politics because half of the audience is going to hate you,” he broke his own rule — and his most Instagram was subsequently filled with hate comments about Trump. For instance:

“Please tell me you aren’t a trump supporter? If so time to unfollow.”

“One thing is being republican but another thing is being a trump supporter, I truly hope you’re not a trump supporter or you lost a fan.”

“F*** Donald Trump!!! & F*** YOU TOO!!”

Although Rodriguez is a Trump supporter, he said his vote in 2020 isn’t set. If Trump “says one more thing,” then the comedian said he is “really going to change” his vote.

Rodriguez wasn’t always a Republican, though. He was a Democrat and voted for Obama in 2008. However in 2012, he switched sides and supported presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, appearing in an ad for him expressing his disappointment in Obama.

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"The Middle" and "Everybody Loves Raymond" star Patricia Heaton campaigned for Mitt Romney ahead of the 2012 presidential election. However, in early 2016 as fervor began to swirl around then-candidate Trump, she tweeted of the GOP, "If he's the nominee then it won't be my party."
Candace Cameron Bure is a conservative and even spent time as a panelist on "The View," where she sparred with her more liberal co-hosts. However, during the height of the 2016 election, she said she was "disappointed" in her party and the GOP candidates' behavior.
Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson has said that if his felony conviction didn't prohibit him from voting, he would have voted for George W. Bush in the early 2000s.
While he rarely speaks publicly about politics, Adam Sandler is a registered Republican who donated to Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign in 2007.
Caitlyn Jenner is one of few vocal transgender supporters of the GOP and has appeared on numerous conservative panel discussions since her transition from male to female. While she did vote for Trump, in October 2018, she said she regrets supporting him, proclaiming, "He has insulted our dignity."
Kris Jenner voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, but in 2012, daughter Kim Kardashian told reporters, "The parents are Republicans and the children are Democrats so it’s like a political warfare in our household when we talk about politics.”
In addition to endorsing Republican candidates through the years, Vince Vaughn has also said he strongly supports the GOP stance on guns, suggesting that teachers in schools should be armed. He has not explicitly voiced support for Trump.
Cindy Crawford was a vocal supporter of Romney in 2012. However, she has stayed mum on Trump, who graphically discussed her physical characteristics during past interviews with Howard Stern.
In 2012, Kelsey Grammer wasn't nominated for an Emmy for his work"Boss," and he suspected the snub was related to him being a "declared out-of-the-closet Republican in Hollywood."
Actor and rapper LL Cool J attends the 13th Annual Apollo Theater Spring Gala on Monday, June 4, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Donald Traill/Invision/AP)
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