“The Clintons are like herpes: Just when you think they’re gone, they show up again.” – Tim Allen
Comedian and TV Star Tim Allen recently sat down with the Hollywood Reporter to discuss his hit sitcom Last Man Standing and how his conservative personal beliefs play into the shows development. During their discussion Allen explains why he leans more to the right and who his favorite candidate in the race is right now. He also delivers a few zingers that are sure to leave the Democrat candidates hurting.
During the course of the interview, Allen explains that he wanted his character on the show, Mike Baxter, to be an “educated Archie Bunker”. He also explains that the very liberal writers on the show have done a wonderful job writing for his character, because the writers have gotten to know him (Allen) so well.
Below are some of the highlights from THR’s interview:
Has the line between you and your character blurred over the years?
It definitely has. If you go see my stand-up at the Mirage in Vegas — I’m on a concert tour this year, as I have been for 30 years — it tends to be very angry about self-reliance. I’m not going to say it’s conservative, but it certainly is not left. For most of my life, I’ve been taxed above 38 percent. When you’re a young guy working the road and literally close to half of what you make goes to people who don’t help you at all but just bitch about it the whole time, that’s where I come from. I come from “no taxation without representation,” and it manifests itself in very peculiar points of view.
What riles you up the most?
Unearned responses, unearned praise, unearned income: I have opinions about it. When you watch the debates, on both sides you see clowns who say shit that ain’t ever going to happen, but lately one party is the free sh** party. They are just telling people they’re going to get all sorts of free sh**. When you say you’re going to get free education, free health care — f—, free brown loafers — of course everybody’s going to say yes to that. But you don’t mean it. That’s how you rack up debt, and debt is killing us. Whatever party is going to get us out of debt is my party.
What party is that?
I met with John Kasich, a great guy. He’s a Republican that Democrats would vote for, a Republican the Republicans should respect. But he’s not saying provocative things. He’s not glib enough or he doesn’t speak well enough because somehow he doesn’t get traction. So we’ll end up with somebody scary.
Who scares you?
Well, we asked the female writing staff if they’d vote for Hillary just because she’s a woman, and they all said yes. So then the question was, “So if Sarah Palin was the female?” They all choked and they had to say, “Oh God, yes, we’d vote for her.” I didn’t quite buy it. I don’t think you should vote for somebody just because they’re tall, thin, yellow, green, whatever. “Bernie” Bernard Sanders , as nice a guy as he is, none of that shit’s going to happen. And Trump can’t send everybody to Mexico or whatever the f— he said. But give that guy the roads, bridges, infrastructure, power grid — just have him fix that shit for four years. He’s good at that. And he’s a businessman so he understands how debt load works. Forget the stupid shit he says about immigrants. That’s just ignorant. But he might be able to do the stuff that really needs fixing.
So you’re not opposed to Trump?
I’m not opposed to anybody if their workload matches their bullsh** load.
Why has the show gone after Hillary but not Trump?
It’s a little surprising to me. We have a very liberal writing staff, so I’m surprised they haven’t taken a shot at him. But we’re not sure he’s going to last, whereas the Clintons are like herpes: Just when you think they’re gone, they show up again.
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