Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence should brush up on current events, according to TV sitcom icon Scott Baio.
During a recent appearance on Greta Van Susteren’s FNC show, the Donald Trump-supporting actor reacted to Jennifer Lawrence’s comments about the GOP presumptive presidential nominee on U.K. television earlier this month.
While on a promotional tour for X-Men: Apocalypse, Lawrence told host Graham Norton that “I was at a concert that I heard he was attending. So I had my full security, I was like, ‘Find Donald Trump.’ I was adamant on finding him and making a video of me going, ‘Hey, Trump. F**k you!'”
Lawrence previously declared that if Donald Trump wins the White House, it “will be the end of the world.”
Against this backdrop, Van Susteren asked Scott Baio, who publicly endorsed Donald Trump in March, if Hollywood would ever vote for the brash New York real estate mogul. The star of Happy Days and its spin-off Joanie Loves Chachi wasn’t exactly giving some love to Jennifer Lawrence and seems unhappy with liberal-trending in Hollywood.
“Jennifer Lawrence needs to read a book or two, and maybe watch the news once in a while, instead of watching propaganda…Hollywood is going to vote the way Hollywood votes. They are predominately liberals. And I can’t understand why, because Hillary Clinton is basically a socialist — and if they want all their toys taken away from them eventually, they’ll vote for her.”
Baio, whose bio also include the title role in Charles in Charge, and has described himself as a conservative independent who is completely disillusioned with the Republican establishment, theorized that the Trump bashing coming from Mitt Romney, the failed 2012 GOP presidential nominee, may be the result of jealousy for his inability to close the deal in the last national election.
Baio also told Greta that he likes Trump’s pro-American message for, among other things, rebuilding the economy and the military, and getting rid of Obamacare, that is free of pandering to targeted constituencies.
Parenthetically, conservative Trump foe Bill Kristol announced today on Twitter that an independent presidential candidate on the right will be emerging, a third-party effort that could split the anti-Hillary Clinton vote, assuming she is the nominee.
According to the Associated Press, however, “Having overcome a multimillion-dollar ‘Never Trump’ campaign aimed at blocking him from the Republican nomination, [Trump is] now benefiting from a wave of GOP donors, party leaders, voters and conservative groups that are uniting under a new banner: ‘Never Hillary.'”
In an apparent reference to the campaign platforms of both Democrat presidential candidates, Scott Baio added during the On The Record interview that “young people need to know what socialism really is. I don’t think they do. Once they do, they might change their mind about Hillary and Bernie Sanders.”
In the opposite of being edgy, many celebrities have spoken out against Trump’s presidential candidacy, but in general liberal Hollywood disfavors — at least publicly — virtually any Republican office seeker, even those far less politically incorrect or more soft spoken than the brash billionaire, who himself was a former Democrat and Independent. It’s a similar rite of passage in which rock bands often demand that GOP candidates stop using their tunes as entrance or exit music. Like or hate Donald Trump, time will tell if celebrity endorsements or non-endorsements have a significant impact on the electorate.
Similar to what Scott Baio is arguing, the liberal website Salon (which has fallen on financial hard times according to Politico) claimed today that Donald Trump, despite his high negatives, has an easier path to victory in the November 2016 general election than many political operatives or media pundits acknowledge, despite Hillary Clinton’s “unparalleled credentials” for the job and her historic candidacy.
“…For one thing, Trump’s parochialism resonates with many more Americans than the mainstream media likes to believe or acknowledge (although their obsessive coverage of the Donald is an implicit recognition of this reality). This is true across the board: male and female, young and old, rich and poor, educated and uneducated, highly-intelligent or not, Democrat or Republican…And his nationalistic economic and foreign policy message resonates even more broadly: a majority of Americans support his ‘America-first’ approach. So if the Clinton camp attempts to disparage people who hold these kinds of views as ignorant and bigoted, they are going to be alienating far more voters than they can likely afford.”
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