Singer Pitbull counts two GOP Presidential candidates as friends


Grammy-nominated singer Pitbull made headlines recently with his criticism of Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant statements, but that doesn’t mean he hates all Republicans. In fact, you might be surprised to learn he is friendly with a couple of GOP Presidential candidates, and calls his friendship with them “priceless.”

The Miami-born Pitbull has managed to connect with some notable fellow Floridians, including some Republican politicians. Pitbull talked about it with Fox News Latino:

“I have a relationship with Jeb Bush and I have a relationship with Marco Rubio, and when we sit down and talk, we don’t talk politics, and let me tell you, Jeb Bush speaks Spanish fluently. He can hang out in the neighborhoods of Miami and they go, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me. This guy is a Bush?’”

While Pitbull says his connections to Bush and Rubio are “priceless,” the rapper said they don’t mean that he is going to campaign for either one of them any time soon. Or any other candidate, for that matter.

“For me, [what matters is] who is the best candidate to try to help what is going on in the United States of America,” he said. “What they say is that if the United States of America sneezes, the whole world catches a cold. So whoever takes on the United States of America is taking on the whole world, also.”

It’s a rare thing for a celebrity to put party politics aside and reach out to both sides of the aisle. At the same time, however, Pitbull isn’t afraid to call out someone who he feels has offended the Latino community, as he did with Trump. Despite the dustup with Trump, perhaps the friendship Pitbull has forged with Rubio and Bush proves that the Latino community is still willing and able to embrace the GOP.


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