“Charles in Charge” and “Happy Days” star Scott Baio appeared on PragerU’s “The Candace Owens Show” on Sunday and the actor talked about everything from being a conservative in Hollywood to supporting Donald Trump to surviving a false MeToo accusation.
Asked by Owens how he manages to remain “alive” in an industry that so clearly bends left, Baio said he’s never changed his conservative politics in the decades he’s been in the entertainment industry.
“I campaigned for Reagan but I think the world was a different place in the 80s,” said Baio. He added that the industry has grown radicalized since then and it’s only become “very weird” to be conservative recently.
“I’ve always just spoken my mind,” said Baio, adding, “I was raised this way. I don’t know how else to be.”
Baio is one of the few outspoken conservatives in Hollywood who also enjoys a healthy career. He’s appeared on successful television programs like “Charles in Charge,” “Happy Days,” “Arrested Development,” and “See Dad Run.”
He’s also frequently supporting conservative causes and he even spoke at the 2016 Republican National Convention where he spoke highly of Donald Trump.
Baio said the attacks on Trump and his supporters are far more extreme than anything he has ever said about a Democrat president.
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The actor said he took “policy shots” at Barack Obama, but never made his jabs personal. “I didn’t know the guy. Seems like a nice guy. He drinks beer. I like beer,” Baio said.
Owens then humorously interrupted and said, “Alright, Brett Kavanaugh, slow down.”
Baio sees his own industry as out of control and one example he points to is performers like Alyssa Milano boycotting states like Georgia that pass pro-life legislation.
“How dare you do that,” Baio said of Milano, saying the actress seems to believe Georgia citizens “can’t think for themselves.”
On why Hollywood leans left, Baio said emotion is at the core of both acting and most liberal policies, which makes for a good fit.
“[Emotion] to me is the genesis of why Hollywood is liberal. Because if you think of what Hollywood is — Hollywood is a creative place, right? You basically lie for a living so it’s already dealing with emotion. Liberals deal in emotion,” the actor said.
On Trump, Baio’s support remains unwavering and he has nothing but praises for the president.
“He’s tough as nails and he’s not going to let anyone shake him,” Baio said, adding that he completely supports the president biting back at his critics through Twitter.
Baio believes if all politicians acted like Trump, “it would be a whole different ball game.”
Owens also asked the actor about his experience with the MeToo movement.
Actress Nicole Eggert accused Baio of sexual assault last year, but the accusation has mostly fizzled out since Baio has passed multiple polygraph tests and Eggert has contradicted herself on multiple occasions.
“It’s rough because the presumption of innocence is gone. You are immediately guilty, especially on social media,” said Baio of facing an accusation.
The actor added that “all you do is defend and when you defend, you look guilty.”
Baio argued that the standard for innocence today in America is wrong because it puts the burden of proof on the accused.
“I fought it [the accusation] and I proved it to be false nine ways to Sunday,” said Baio. He said he lost a lot of money and could not leave his house while he was dealing with the accusations.
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