If you’re sure that you recognize the name Scott Baio but not really sure from where then you’re like most Americans. Baio was once semi-famous for playing Chachi Arcola in ‘Happy Days’ and its less popular spin-off ‘Joanie Loves Chachi.’ Since then he’s had a few less-than-notable roles in made for TV movies and sitcoms in the 80’s and 90’s. So basically he’s nobody but he’s still got that name recognition from being a short-lived sex symbol in the 70’s.
Politically, Baio has been a hardline conservative since the early years of Reagan. He campaigned for the Gipper and recalls his presidency as the last time he was proud of America. He’s hinted – with a marked lack of subtly – that he believes Obama might be a Muslim. From an interview with Ashley Webster:
[I can’t tell] whether he’s dumb, he’s a Muslim or he’s a Muslim sympathizer, and I don’t think he’s dumb.
Because anyone with a funny name must be a Muslim. No matter how many times they say ‘God Bless America.’ Oh and Baio resents paying taxes to the country he supposedly loves and thinks that poor people are lazy (via Twitter):
Taxes are DONE…That should feed, house & provide medical for a few lazy non working people at my expense. Have a great Monday!
In recent weeks Baio has been warming up to Trump on social media. Somehow he seems to be mistaking what is in reality, a very poor attempt at observational comedy on Trump’s part as potential solutions to real world problems. He posted this on Facebook, apparently believing that he was being quite clever:
Because of the awful precedent already set by the Republican front runner, this weird gaff barely registered with people. He later played dumb in another post saying that the sign behind her actually say ‘count’ and that he has no idea what people are objecting to. Either Scott Baio is much stupider than one would have imagined after watching any episode of ‘Joanie loves Chachi’ or he’s getting desperate and is just thrilled to be making headlines again. My money’s on the latter.
So you could imagine how thrilled he was to be asked to speak on Trumps’ behalf at the Republican National Convention. He went on Fox News to express his gratitude and to giggle profusely. Notice from the number of Retweets and Likes that the Trump effect still hasn’t kicked in yet. No one seems to be paying attention to him despite his considerable efforts to debase himself for some quick fame.
Baio is slated to speak right after fellow pointless celebrity Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty. I wonder what pearls of wisdom the two will come up with? Perhaps a few more trashy names for Hillary Clinton. Regardless, I hope that the whole thing works out for him. I’d much rather have to hear about him whoring himself out in politics than to have to watch any more of his horrible independent films.
— CNN (@CNN) July 19, 2016
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