Scott Baio Battles MSNBC’s Tamron Hall Over Old Obama Quote

July 19, 2016

MSNBC host Tamron Hall and actor Scott Baio argued over an old quote from President Obama at the Republican convention on Tuesday.

The argument arose when Hall asked the "Charles in Charge" star about his past tweets on Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton. Baio tweeted last week a meme of Clinton that showed a derogatory reference to women in the background. In another tweet, Baio shared a picture of Michelle Obama with the caption, "Wow–he (Barack Obama) wakes up to this every morning." As Hall read Baio’s tweet about Michelle Obama, there were people in the audience who cheered.

"Clearly some people agree with you," Hall said.

Baio defended his tweet.

"That tweet was a joke," Baio said. "I'm a guy from Brooklyn. I have a certain sense of humor."

Hall continued to press the issue that Baio’s tweets were incendiary. She asked if Baio thinks these types of comments are appropriate for women like Clinton or First Lady Michelle Obama.

"So is it the moral compass that you want to present to our children, to your fans, that you have this incendiary tweet about Hillary Clinton, and you certainly should disagree with her, politically, because you do. Or the first lady of this United States, Michelle Obama, regardless of color. I’m just asking, is that the higher Scott Baio?" Hall asked.

Baio rebuffed Hall by bringing up an inflammatory comment that President Obama made back in 2008.

"You want me to be sweet and gentle to a man, a president, who says if they bring a knife to an argument, you bring a gun. That’s what President Obama said," Baio said.

Hall said Obama never made those comments.

"That’s absolutely not true," Hall said.

Hall proceeded to bring up the comment that Donald Trump made about shooting someone on Fifth Avenue and not losing any support.

"The person you support said he could take a gun out on Fifth Avenue and shoot someone in the head, and you would still support him," Hall said.

Baio called Hall’s comment "ridiculous."

A Washington Free Beacon analysis found that Tamron Hall was wrong on two points. Obama did make the comment about bringing a gun to a knife fight. Hall also misquoted Donald Trump.