Scott Baio Now Wants to See Trump Lead an American "Resurgence"
"I'm looking to get the country back on track," says the actor of his hopes for the president-elect.
There were no "I told you so"-type remarks from Scott Baio on Thursday night.
The actor is tired of backlash over the fact that he backed Donald Trump early — which brought a certain amount of cheap jokes aimed at him — and just wants the next president to be a success in the next four years.
"I’m looking forward to seeing the guy I backed take the oath of office," he tells The Hollywood Reporter by phone shortly after arriving in Washington, D.C., on Thursday night. "I’m looking to get the country back on track."
Baio has, of course, not only been an ardent supporter of Trump, he also gave an address for the then-nominee at the Republican National Convention last July, along with Jon Voight.
He's also part of a select club of Hollywood figures, including Stephen Baldwin and Caitlyn Jenner, who are showing up in the nation's capital not to protest, but to attend inauguration festivities and the swearing-in.
On Friday night, he'll be at either the "Freedom" or "Liberty" ball, the two official inaugural balls held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for donors, backers and high-profile supporters. The incoming president and first lady are expected to attend.
Now that he's back in D.C. as Trump is taking over the town, does Baio see any validation in his early support?
“You know what? I don’t want any validation," said Baio. "I don’t want any thanks, I don’t need any of that. I just want my country to be safe again, to be strong again, to be economically powerful again. That’s the reward that I would get; everything else, to me, is unimportant."
On Day One, the actor hopes that the 45th president of the United States tackles Obamacare and the building of the border wall between Mexico and the U.S.
His goal: “The resurgence of the United States of America and the resurgence of the American dream.”