Hollywood has been active in politics since the beginning. Usually, one thinks that all of Hollywood is liberal, but in fact, those who have become politicians, like Ronald Reagan, have been Republicans. But actors also endorse candidates.
Actor Jon Voight recently endorsed Donald Trump, saying:
“He’s an answer to our problems. We need to get behind him. The Republicans need to unite behind this man. We need somebody to go in and reconstruct us in a sort of way, get us back to where we were, who we need to be.”
It wasn’t a big surprise, since Voight has been a close friend of Trump for many years, adding—
We were part of his weddings. We were there to see all his children’s births. We were part of his great shows: Miss Universe, The Apprentice — and all know, without a doubt, his life has been an open book.
Of course, most of Hollywood seems to like Bernie Sanders, but Voight has been a vocal Republican for years.
Now, Fortune Magazine reports that Happy Days actor Scott Baio is also for Trump, saying he is the only candidate Baio can understand.
During an interview on Sunday on Fox News with Judge Jeanine Pirro, 55 year old actor Scott Baio said that he is supporting Trump for president, joining the likes of Kid Rock and Aaron Carter. When she asked why he answered: “It’s very simple. When he speaks, I understand him. He speaks like I speak. He also expressed his frustration with Washington saying that he wants the anti-establishment candidate to go in and “blow it up.”
Obviously, the most famous actor-turned politician is Ronald Reagan. But there have been many more, such as Arnold Schwartzenegger, former governor of California. Then, there was Fred Thompson, who was in politics during the Nixon era, then an actor, then senator, and presidential candidate. Others include US Representatives Sonny Bono (Sonny & Cher), and Fred Grandy (“Gopher” on the Love Boat). All Republican.
In fact, while we think of Hollywood as being a Democratic stronghold, Wikipedia reports that 15 famous Republican actors became serious politicians, while only 11 Democrats have. One of them is a sitting senator, Al Franken.
In January of 2014, Clay Aiken (runner-up on American Idol) announced that he planned to run for the US House in North Carolina. At that time, people complained that entertainers should not be involved in politics, just because they had name recognition. I said that we do “know” actors—their personality and temperament.
In fact, I said that if Democrats were smart, they’d nominate Jerry Springer for something. He was mayor of Cincinnati and seemed to have a very bright future. That is, until he used a personal check to pay for a hooker. The worst part is that the check bounced. Seriously. Even so, we’ve seen candidates use drugs and have other shady dealings. He wouldn’t have been alone.
Well, a couple weeks ago, there was talk about running Springer for president, according to the Inquisitor.
The reasoning is that Hillary is seems boring, and Bernie is seen as too old, too strident, too aloof, and well, too secular. If the Democrats have an “open” convention, as the GOP may, Democrats will have to find a compromise candidate—preferably someone who can connect with people a lot better than their current candidates.
The Inquisitor says—
You probably thought it wasn’t possible, but the presidential race could get even weirder. While some have commented that the last GOP debate was reminiscent of an episode of The Jerry Springer Show, it appears the former Cincinnati mayor turned TV host may consider really making the presidential race into an episode of Springer. This is not — I repeat — not satire.
And, characteristically, Springer sees the light side of such a campaign:
Jerry Springer told Mic he’s open to running for president if enough people express the interest. Brace yourselves for #RecruitJerry.
I’d love to see a debate between Trump and Springer. No other Democrat (or current GOP candidate) has the personality to match Trump’s bravado. Of course, Springer sees the humor in it:
“If I ever ran against Trump, there really would be a wall built on the Mexican border. You’d have to build a wall to keep Americans from trying to get out.”
Imagine it for a second.
Jerry Springer was born in Highgate, part of greater London, England, so he’s not eligible. Of course, we’ve had John McCain (born in Panama) and Ted Cruz (born in Canada). Any chance we might elect a Brit? The Founding Fathers would spin in their graves!
For the sake of discussion, do you have a suggestion of a famous personality who could arise to save us from our current crop of candidates??