Eighties sitcom star Scott Baio, who is scheduled to address the Republican National Convention on Monday, shares the party nominee’s penchant for off-color tweets.
Last week, Baio shared a meme that shows Democrat Hillary Clinton speaking in front of a banner reading “Country.” Clinton stands at a podium such that her body covers up the “O” on that banner, leaving the letters that spell out “cunt.” The text below the photo says “what difference does it make?”
According to Baio, who tweeted the image to Donald Trump, this is “the best meme out there.”
This distaste for Clinton seems to be at the core of the conservative actor’s approval for Trump, whom he has also praised for his stance on combatting the threat of the Islamic State and his “simple” manner of speaking.
When Baio endorsed Trump back in March, the actor predicted he would be able to “relentlessly, relentlessly attack Hillary.”
This vocal support paid off. According to Baio, who is best known for his roles in “Happy Days” and “Charles in Charge,” he recently scored a personal invitation to speak at the convention from Trump himself.
“I was at a fundraiser for Mr. Trump the other night with my wife and
he invited me to speak at the convention, which was completely unexpected and out of left field,” Baio told Fox News on Saturday. “He’s such a regular guy, and every time I’ve been with him and talked to him, he’s just a guy, a guy who is very successful.”
Baio’s own career has faded since his career high of playing Fonzi’s cousin Chachi Arcola for six seasons on “Happy Days.” In recent years, he’s starred in a string of reality TV shows including VH1’s “Scott Baio is 45…and Single” and “Scott Baio is 46…and Pregnant.” He also co-hosted “Confessions of a Teen Idol,” a show that followed teen stars’ efforts to rehabilitate their professional lives.
While his selection to speak on “Make America Safe Again” night at the convention inspired some social media mockery, Baio was undeterred. He wrote a short post on Facebook about the All Lives Matter speech he plans to give on Monday:
On plane to the RNC convention. Mr Trump invited me with short notice. I sat in church yesterday and wrote my speech. I prayed about what to say to the American people.There’s so many things I wanted to say tonight. However, each night has a certain topic. I know many will comment with vile hatrid & vitriol. I don’t care. I want change from the last 8 years of race baiting, country dividing, and worldwide terrorist attacks killing human beings. Blacks, cops, beheading Christians. All of them. Every live matters to me. God Bless