Rick Harrison of “Pawn Stars” says that his business is suffering for his endorsement of 2016 presidential candidate Sen. [crscore]Marco Rubio[/crscore].
“I suddenly became famous and I was the one willing to throw my career away to endorse a Republican. When you endorse a Republican, everyone sort of frowns on you. I don’t know why, but hey,” Harrison said in an interview with CNN.
When asked if he has felt any backlash as a result of his Republican partisanship, Harrison responded that he has.
“To a degree, yeah. There have been some endorsements that didn’t happen,” he said, referring to his show on the History channel following his Las Vegas-based pawn shop’s unique finds.
In October, Harrison sat down with The Daily Caller’s Alex Pappas and shared his contention that Republicans are hated in the entertainment world. (RELATED: TheDC Interviews Rick Harrison Of ‘Pawn Stars’ On Politics And Pawning)
“If you’re a celebrity and you endorse a Republican, it’s sort of like career suicide,” Harrison told The Daily Caller. “But I’m at a point in my life where I don’t care… I’m a well-off guy and I care about my kids. You know what I mean? I could quit working tomorrow and I’d be fine for the rest of my life. I want my kids, my grandkids, to have a great life.”
Harrison also discussed his opinion of Donald Trump, telling CNN that Trump is a nice guy, but out-of-touch with common people. He likes Rubio for the opposite reason.
“[Rubio’s] dad was a bartender at a bowling alley and his mom was a maid at a casino here in town. When someone mentions living paycheck to paycheck, he goes, ‘Yeah, I was raised that way.’ I think if you have a leader, you need someone who has experienced what people are experiencing,” Harrison said.
During his original endorsement announcement with Sean Hannity on Fox News last June, Harrison said that he was impressed with “Marco and the entire GOP field.”
He also discussed Hillary’s relationship with the press, saying “I… believe that Hillary will most likely implode when she’s actually got to answer a real question.”
Harrison also discussed his views on political correctness in the media during the CNN interview.
“The PC thing, it’s gone over the top. … It’s not a perfect world we live in. You can’t raise kids that way and then just throw them out in the world because it’s not a perfect world,” Harrison said.