Pawn Stars‘ Rick Harrison compared socialism to drugs during a Thursday speech he gave at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) now underway in National Harbor, Md.
“The majority [of] people in this room know that socialism is just stupid,” Harrison said, according to Fox News. “It’s literally like heroin. The first shot is great. For a little bit it’s wonderful, but then the rest of your life is a living hell. And that’s literally what the socialists are doing.”
Eventually, Harrison said, “you get Venezuela,” which is suffering from an economic crisis and shortages of food and medicine.
“If you want to avoid poverty, do these three things: get an education, get a job, and avoid having kids until you’re married” @GoldSilverPawn #CPAC2019 #WhatMakesAmericaGreat pic.twitter.com/RvCuGn5zwC
— CPAC 2019 (@CPAC) February 28, 2019
Some of the feedback from social media:
“Thank you Rick for standing up at CPAC – it’s refreshing to see a star who everyone likes stand up for conservative values!”
“Batten the hatches down my man, and get ready for some serious blowback because you had the nerve to express your conservative beliefs. Don’t Ever Stop! #TheOldManWouldBeProud”
“…Inheret wealth, hide your wealth, and dodge taxes.”
“It’s pretty simple!”
Harrison, a co-owner of Gold & Silver Pawn Shop at the center of the long-running History Channel show about a pawn shop in Las Vegas, was one of the many attendees this year slamming the idea of socialism in politics at the American Conservative Union event. The topic is a hot one, with some Democrats proposing policies such as health care for all and a higher minimum wage, which Republicans have called out as “socialist.”
Days before taking the podium, Harrison explained to the Wrap while at the conference that he’s in favor of both President Donald Trump — he called himself “a Trump guy” — and capitalism.
“I believe that capitalism is the one thing in this world that’s brought people out of poverty,” Harrison said.
He had some ideas on how to improve things.
“There’s a million things wrong with government that need to get fixed but none of it’s ever going to get fixed unless we start educating our children better,” Harrison said. “The biggest problem I have with education nowadays is we’ve switched to a system where we give kids information, just filtered information … You can tell a parrot three times three is nine but is has no understanding of mathematics.”
Harrison said that kids are no longer being taught “how to think,” that high school is now “all about self-esteem.”
CPAC, which has drawn more than 10,000 attendees since it was first held in 2011, this year features speakers including Fox News host Laura Ingraham, conservative author and commentator Michelle Malkin, Vice President Mike Pence and President Trump.
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