A conservative political podcaster was relentlessly mocked for a word he used to describe MAGA Happy Days actor Scott Baio that many users thought was laughable.
Baio–who gained popularity in the 1980s starring in sitcoms like Happy Days, its spinoff series Joanie Loves Chachi and Charles in Charles–declared he was leaving California.
He cited a growing homeless crisis that according to him was turning the Golden State into a "third-world country."
On May 3, Baio announced his move on Twitter, saying:
"After 45 years, I’m making my way to finally 'exit stage right' from California."
"The most recent survey conducted by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority found approximately 69,000 people experiencing homelessness in L.A. County and 41,000 in the city in 2022.”
Benny Johnson of The Benny Report on the conservative channel Newsmax TV shared a clip on Twitter of Baio being interviewed by Fox News host Jesse Watters about why the actor was leaving California.
In the interview, Baio said his reasons for leaving included the homeless crisis, "illegal aliens all over the place," rampant crime, "graffiti on everything," and because his family was "afraid to go to the mall."
In his tweet, Johnson wrote:
"Legendary Actor announces he’s leaving California after 40 Years: 'It’s become a THIRD WORLD Country'."
Twitter users couldn't get past Johnson categorizing the former 80s heartthrob as a "Legendary" actor.
Baio revealed he was moving to Florida.
Twitter said good riddance.
Baio has been scrutinized online following accusations of sexually harassing his former costars and for supporting former Republican President Donald Trump during his 2016 Presidential campaign.
During Trump's campaign, Baio downplayed the real estate mogul's misogyny after the infamous Access Hollywood audio tape of his sexist locker room talk with host Billy Bush leaked.
He said on October 17 on Fox News:
"I like Trump because Trump is not a politician, he talks like a guy."
"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 the phony outrage, this is the way the world works."
"It's not a big thing."
According to the Los Angeles Times, over 500,000 California residents left the state between 2020 and 2022.
Reasons for leaving included the high cost of living, high taxes, an increase in crime, a growing homeless crisis, and strict government restrictions like those imposed during the pandemic.