70s sitcom actor, Scott Baio spoke at the RNC and has been taking heat for supporting Donald Trump in a mostly Democratic place; Hollywood. He told The Hollywood Reporter how he felt about the backlash he’s seen and trashed a few fellow actors along the way,
“The world is on fire. Nothing in this country is going in the right direction. They say Trump’s temperament is bad, and my response is,
‘Well, let’s see. Obamacare is a disaster. Immigration is a complete mess. People are coming here illegally from Muslim countries that want to kill us, the economy’s in the toilet and 95 million people are out of work. ISIS is cutting the heads off of people but Hillary and Obama’s temperament is great, so I’m happy about that.’ You need to write sarcasm next to the sentence.
Do you think your appearance at the GOP convention hurt your prospects for getting more jobs?
I’ll give you a very simple answer: I don’t care. I genuinely, in my heart, do not care if I ever work again. I don’t care. I’m comfortable and I’ve got a great life, but if I don’t have a country that is recognizable to me, I’ve got nothing.
There are two kinds of actors, those who are very serious about their craft and they feel for the character, they feel for the downtrodden, they empathize. And then there are actors who do it for a living, like me and others, who just see it as a business. It’s not all-consuming. So the first actor deals with emotion, and that’s what Democrats deal with — emotion.
There’s no fixing anything. It’s just,
‘Oh, I feel so bad for the poor,’
whereas a conservative actor says,
‘So you feel bad for the poor? Let’s fix it. Let’s get them a job.’
And if you say that, you’re racist. I don’t think liberals want to fix anything; they just want to keep throwing money at problems. And I think that’s the difference. Like Leo DiCaprio and them guys, they’re all emotional about the Earth. Global warming is a bunch of BS, and he’s like,
‘Oh, the Earth and the polar bears.’
‘They’re fine, man.’
I’ve been hearing this for 40 years. Ted Danson told me the oceans were going to be dead in 10 years in 1980. It’s 2016 and the oceans are doing pretty good. They rely on the fact that people don’t remember anything.
Why should you listen to anybody? What has Bruce Springsteen done lately? Any good albums? What has Eva Longoria done lately? Does she have a big hit TV show? What has America Ferrera done lately? I think people should do their own research, and if you don’t care about my opinion, turn the channel.
… we’re letting in so many people to our country and so many people don’t know what it means. It doesn’t mean getting free stuff. That’s what people think it means. All I see is Mexicans because I live in L.A. and they come here — illegally or legally — and they’re running away from something, but by voting for Democrats they’re turning this country into the country they’re running away from, and that’s the part that baffles me. So, I wanted to make clear that being an American means certain things. It means rule of law, working hard and succeeding and failing. All that stuff that everybody has done for 240 years.“
Well, all I can say is just goes to show you that just because you are (were) famous, it doesn’t mean you know what you are talking about. White privilege is blinding.