Yes, Latino Republicans DO Exist… and They’re Politically Active
Believe it or not, there is such a thing as a Latino Republican. There are even some conservative celebrities blending in with the “Hollywood liberals.” After all, there is a reason that Donald Trump made his way to Los Angeles in July to talk to the Friends of Abe, a conservative group for the entertainment industry. Here are some familiar names that are supporting the GOP.
Alex Rodriguez, Baseball Player
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AROD was quick to pledge his support, and money, to Mitt Romney in 2012.
Daddy Yankee, Singer
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The Puerto Rican reggaeton star publicly backed Senator John McCain in 2008 saying, “I believe in his ideals and his proposal to date this nation. Like I said before, he’s been a fighter for the Hispanic community and I know, for me personally, I chose him as the best candidate because he has been a fighter for the immigration community.”
Eduardo Verástegui, Model & Actor
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This Mexican heartthrob used his good looks and fame to make an anti-abortion video for La Dura Realidad. The Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles and the Susan B. Anthony List used Verástegui’s voice in a robocall campaign to sway Latino voters to vote for Mitt Romney in 2012.
Andy Garcia, Actor
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The Cuban actor was just one of several Republican celebrities lining up behind Mitt Romney in 2012.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Actor
At DISNEY STUDIOS signing contracts to play the male lead in their next big classic animated musical, #MOANA. Just had an amazing 2hr presentation and it's easy to see why they're the greatest story tellers in the world. Im excited. And in the background my homies Fred & Wasabi from #BigHERO6 are jumpin' for joy joy cause they heard I'm gonna sing in the movie. #WeTrulyKnowWhereWereGoing #WhenWeUnderstandWhereWereFrom #NeverForgetHome #MOANA
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This muscle-bound leading man is putting space between himself and Chris Christie but gladly spoke at the 2000 Republican Convention. Although, he recently demanded to be removed from a Chris Christie ad.
Verónica Castro, Actress
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The stunning telenovela star used her fame to bring attention to her favorite candidate, former Texas Governor Rick Perry, at Unidos Por La Vida.
Paul Rodriguez, Comedian
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The comedian and actor made the change from Democrat to Republican and made a speech to explain his decision. Rodriguez even became the voice for Mitt Romney’s 2012 Nuestro Futuro ad. The comedian also made statements against undocumented immigrants in 2014:
“Let us say we allow these 7,000 children to stay here and grow up American and go to our schools,” Rodriguez said. “What do we say to the 60,000 that are going to follow them? And the 150,000 that will follow? Can we house them all? Do we have the whereabouts? We can’t even take care of our own kids here now.”
Erik Estrada, Actor
Well it's Monday … time to get started ..may u all have a blessed week . pic.twitter.com/L6YhxbZSfZ
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The former CHiPs star idolized John McCain in the 2008 elections calling the presidential candidate his hero. In 2012, Estrada again sided with the GOP and endorsed Mitt Romney along with Andy Garcia and Lorenzo Lamas.
Jaci Velasquez, Musician
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Freddie Prinze Jr., Actor
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Arte Moreno, Owner of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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Moreno, the first Latino owner in Major League Baseball history, is a staunch Republican.