Actor Scott Baio accused liberals of attacking him on Twitter on April 25 because he's a political conservative, after he made some comments following the death of former co-star Erin Moran about her alcohol and drug use (video below).
The Harrison County Sheriff's Office in Indiana and county medical examiner issued a joint statement on April 24 about Moran's cause of death, reports CNN. "A subsequent autopsy revealed that Mrs. Moran likely succumbed to complications of Stage 4 cancer," the statement said.
Moran died in New Salisbury, Indiana, on April 22.
Baio got into hot water on social media when he made comments about his late "Happy Days" co-star on April 24. The comments he made were to the WABC radio program, "The Bernie & Sid Show," before the autopsy announcement, notes the New York Daily News:
I’m OK, a little shocked, but not completely shocked that this happened. My thing is, I feel bad because her whole life, she was troubled, could never find what made her happy and content. For me, you do drugs or drink, you’re gonna die. I’m sorry if that’s cold, but God gave you a brain, gave you the will to live and thrive and you gotta take care of yourself.
Baio also said he did not know for sure if Moran had died from "drugs and alcohol":
I knew Erin well, over the last many years I have not spoken with her. She was just an insecure human being and fell into this world of drugs and alcohol. Again, I don’t know if that’s what killed her, I’m sure it was a culmination of years and years of doing it that might have had something to do with it. She just never found her way.
How do you help somebody that doesn’t want to help themselves? You try a couple of times and if they don’t want the help, I gotta go, sorry.
During an interview with TMZ on April 25, Baio recalled some of his comments, and lamented that "all these goofballs on Twitter started attacking me, and I'm sure they're attacking me because I'm a conservative."
Baio has expressed his support for President Donald Trump in the past.
TMZ asked Baio if there was a "Trump factor" involved, and he complained about another tweet:
When somebody tweets to me that "maybe you should have voted for affordable healthcare and she’d still be alive," that's political. These people never attack the press for getting the story wrong about heroin. They attack me.
Baio also told TMZ his theory about people who tweet against him:
I don't want to make this about me, you guys. The only reason I'm doing this is because I want to set the record straight. Nobody is going to stop me from speaking my mind, but I guarantee you that anyone who says to me on Twitter, "I was a fan and now I'm not," is a liberal who is trying to take me down. Now, that's my opinion based on experience. Was what I said insensitive? Uh, no.