Comedian Tim Allen offered his political perspective while celebrating his television show, “Last Man Standing,” reaching its 100th episode. The comedian has described himself as a centrist that skews conservative and offered some colorful opinions on the country’s current crop of presidential candidates, with some graphic language.
Allen stars on the ABC comedy show as a conservative named Mike Baxter. Premiering in 2011, the series has been a quiet hit, and recently took a playful poke a President Barack Obama, according to News Busters.
“So, if you’re a young person who’s not exactly sure where life is taking you, that’s OK,” Allen’s character told audiences during a Jan. 14 episode. “You know, we can’t all be Barack Obama and have our first job be president.”
Allen says he has similar political views to his character’s, but he's not nearly as mild-mannered. For an actor renowned for his family-friendly brand, he’s surprisingly foul-mouthed.
“The Clintons are like herpes: Just when you think they’re gone, they show up again,” Allen told The Hollywood Reporter.
Allen explained his political point of view as a guy who hates “no taxation without representation.”
“For most of my life, I've been taxed above 38 percent,” Allen said. “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.”
Allen was critical of both U.S. political parties, although he clearly views Democrats as more problematic.
“When you watch the debates, on both sides you see clowns who say s--- that ain't ever going to happen, but lately one party is the free s--- party,” Allen continued. They are just telling people they're going to get all sorts of free s---.
“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.”
On the presidential candidates, Allen said that Ohio Gov. John Kasich is “a Republican that Democrats would vote for, a Republican the Republicans should respect … 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.”
Allen on Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont: “as nice a guy as he is, none of that s--- is going to happen.”
When it comes to current GOP front-runner Donald Trump, Allen seems troubled by the business mogul’s immigration views but optimistic about how he would handle the country’s infrastructure.
“Forget the stupid s--- he says about immigrants,” Allen said. “That's just ignorant. But he might be able to do the stuff that really needs fixing.”
Allen told Fox News he thinks Trump is “kind of in the spirit of old Greek tyrants where they used to vote in a guy that had no encumbrances … he doesn’t owe anybody anything and if he would just stick to fixing the bridges, roads and infrastructures that’s what he knows how to do … just keep him doing that.”
When it comes to Trump, Allen concluded, “he says a lot of stupid stuff but what he can do, he should do.”