In the days since the release of a 2005 bombshell video of Donald Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women on a hot mic with Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush, we’ve heard some pretty insane defenses of his so-called “locker room talk.” “I’ve heard people talking like that,” former presidential candidate Ben Carson told CNN’s Brianna Keilar. “Sometimes that's what happens when alpha personalities are in the same presence,” Eric Trump told the the Colorado Springs Gazette. But former Happy Days star Scott Baio took the cake on Sunday in an interview with Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro, by somehow managing to drag brunch into the debate.
“I like Trump because Trump is not a politician. He talks like a guy,” Baio, who spoke glowingly of Trump at the Republican National Convention this summer, said in the televised interview. “And ladies out there, this is what guys talk about when you’re not around. So if you’re offended by it, grow up, OK? And by the way, this is what you guys talk about over white wine when you have your brunches. So take it easy with your phony outrage.”
“I don’t! I don’t talk like that, Scott,” Pirro chimed in.
“This is the way the world works. It’s not a big thing,” Baio said.
While it’s not exactly clear what Baio thinks women are talking about over brunch—committing sexual assault? Saying their friend has "scored" when a male waiter walks by—the remarks drew quick criticism.
“Let me just second her in saying I don’t talk like that over white wine any day of the week,’ said CNN’s Brooke Baldwin in a segment about the Fox interview.
“Good luck, Scott, in your relationships,” said former Melrose Place star Andrew Shue, who appeared in the CNN segment with Baldwin. “That was ridiculous.”
What do women actually talk about at brunch? According to Wall Street Insanity’s Jessica Klein, “creepy male strangers” are near the top of the list.
“From the bar lurker last night to that elderly guy who keeps winking at all of us from the corner booth, this presents a source of endless conversation material,” Klein wrote.
If that’s the case, Baio’s comments are, in all likelihood, going to be the source of lots of brunch discussions this coming weekend.