Hall: “Where Was Your Moral Compass?”
From the July 19 edition of MSNBC’s MSNBC Live:
TAMRON HALL (HOST): Let’s talk about your speech. I know you said you went to church and you’ve talked about your religion. One of the things that caught my eye was this tweet that you sent out July 10th, a photo of Hillary Clinton standing in front of the word “Count.” The O is blocking. So it appears she is standing in front of the C word.
SCOTT BAIO: Right.
HALL: Did you think about that in church?
BAIO: Let’s just offer it up without commentary. I could just put up —
HALL: You know what it meant when you tweeted it out.
BAIO: I just put it up there.
HALL: I’m just asking, you’re writing your speech in church, you talk about religion coming back to this country and us having a moral barometer. Where was your moral compass when you put a photo of a woman that you disagree with politically and that’s fine.
BAIO: Tamron, you can look at that any way you want. It’s the word count, that’s what she’s standing in front of, I just put it up there. There is no commentary attached to it, I didn’t call her anything. And the fact that you question my faith –
HALL: I’m asking — I’m just asking — you question others’ faith. When you say, we need to bring back religion, implying that somehow the moral compass for people that you don’t even know.
HALL: 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?
BAIO: Listen, there’s different levels to me. You want me —
HALL: I’m asking.
BAIO: You want me to be square and nice to everybody.
HALL: No, I don’t. I want you to be what you say —
BAIO: Wait a minute, wait a minute. I let you talk.
BAIO: Let me talk. And 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. Now, if you want me to go after a guy like that — all bets are off at that point.
HALL: That’s absolutely not true. But I’ll tell you this.
BAIO: That’s an absolute fact. That is a quote.
HALL: The person that you support, the person that you 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. Is that true?
BAIO: Tamron, that’s, that’s ridiculous.
HALL: I’m just keeping it —
BAIO: That’s ridiculous
HALL: Did he say it?
BAIO: Yes, he did. Did Obama say that he would take out a knife he would take out a gun?
HALL: I do not recall that.
BAIO: Yes he did. If I find the quote, you’ll put it up on your social media?
HALL: Absolutely. But I can’t because you blocked me.