Scott Baio, star of the sitcoms Charles in Charge and the Happy Days spinoff Joanie Loves Chachi, has announced that he will speak at the upcoming Republican National Convention in Cleveland after being personally asked by Donald Trump. “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,” the actor told Fox News Saturday.
Baio provides Trump with a celebrity endorsement, something lacking from the list of expected convention speakers that includes Trump’s wife and children, former GOP presidential hopefuls like Ted Cruz and Ben Carson, high-ranking Republicans, military veterans and UFC president Dana White. Football star Tim Tebow was initially named as a convention speaker before the quarterback quashed those rumors. Baio added in his Fox News interview that Trump was “a man that I believe in.”
In March, after initially endorsing Wisconsin governor Scott Walker in the 2016 GOP race, Baio revealed he was pledging his support to Trump. “It’s very simple, because when [Trump] speaks I understand him,” Baio said at the time. “He speaks like I speak, he communicates with people very well. I want him, as any one person can do, to go into Washington and blow it up.”
Baio also believed that Trump was the only candidate who could stand up to Hillary Clinton. “They’re going to attack whomever the Republican nominee is,” Baio told Fox News at the time. “We need somebody to relentlessly, relentlessly attack Hillary. It’s the only way we’re going to win. I’m trying to be a classy guy, but to win elections nowadays, the Democrats and liberals attack viciously.”
The actor has long aired his opinion on political issues on Twitter. On Sunday, following the shooting of three police officers in Baton Rouge, Baio tweeted:
— Scott Baio (@ScottBaio) July 17, 2016