Actor and comedian Tim Allen defended President Donald Trump and his presidency in a recent interview and said that Americans should probably just let Trump carry on and do the job he was elected to do.
What are the details?
In a wide-ranging interview with Entertainment Weekly published Thursday, Allen — a famously right-leaning Hollywood star, though not necessarily a vocal Trump supporter — discussed his thoughts on Trump's presidency and the reluctance of many U.S. citizens to simply live and let live.
In describing his political stance, Allen called himself "kind of an anarchist if you see my stand-up [comedy]," but acknowledged that he endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) during the 2016 presidential election cycle, and not Trump.
Allen did, however, attend Trump's inauguration.
"I’m for responsible government that actually does what we pay them to do," Allen explained. "I’ve worked different jobs and I’ve had a colorful past and I pay a lot in taxes. I wish we got more for our money. Whatever political party is for more responsible use of our money — that’s all I meant."
He added, "In Los Angeles, I’m concerned about the 26,000 homeless people and I do the best I can. I’m concerned about keeping my roads and stuff clean in North Hollywood. Generally, the government is no help and people have to do that themselves. Kasich said that in a speech — that the government can’t do stuff that you won’t do yourself. Jump in! Do whatever it takes to get people engaged — not putting on a hoodie and screaming in the streets — but actually figure out how to help North Hollywood or Encino or wherever you live to get better."
Allen went on to explain that he's never liked taxes, mainly because he doesn't "like paying people tho never seem to do what I would do with my money."
Is Allen now a Trump fan?
When asked by the interviewer whether he is now a Trump fan, Allen explained that what the public sees on Twitter is not necessarily an accurate interpretation of the president.
"You know," he began, "it’s a very loaded question. I’ve met [Trump] at the charity event years ago, and that certainly doesn’t fit with the man who tweets. I’ve met a lot of people in private whose public persona is a bit off.
"My perception is 'let’s see what [Trump] gets done,'" he explained. "Let’s stop banging on the pilot’s door and trying to pull the guy out of his seat while he’s still flying. You might not like how he’s flying the plane but let’s let him land it."
"Do I like him or agree with him? … I don’t know," he remarked. "Somebody got this NAFTA thing done. How did that happen? It’s like a slight of hand with this dude. There’s this smoke and smelly food but over here he just fixed a pothole."
Allen went on to note that the "theater" of the political arena is transfixing.
"[Trump] doesn’t do it very attractively, but you don’t even realize the economy is doing better. ... Maybe it took this type of guy to get stuff done because it was so stuck in the mud," he added. "I’m just watching the theater of it and trying to keep my personal opinions out of it. What difference does it make whether I like him?"
The comedian’s sitcom "Last Man Standing," debuts on Fox on Sept. 28.