Last Man Standing star Tim Allen shares his thoughts on how President Trump could have prevented the riot, questions if protesters had help getting inside the Capitol building, and thinks the event shoved conservatives “in the closet.”
Allen, who skews “fiscally conservative and an emotionally liberal,” said the Capitol breach was “horrible, embarrassing, and shameful,” and places some of the blame on Trump.
“Why didn’t the powers-that-be go [to the Capitol]?” Allen questioned. “When I was watching that, I felt that the president should have been a stand-up guy and go there with his security and say, ‘Hey, come on. No, no, no, no.’ Maybe they don’t allow that.”
The former Home Improvement star claimed Trump had the power to stop the riot, “He could do whatever he wanted. Go there yourself. Say, ‘Come on out, people… I never said any of this. That was not in that speech. I never said, Go storm the Capitol,’ or whatever.”
He also questioned whether the mob had help getting into the building, and wondered if rioters in the back of the crowd knew they were breaching the building.
“I’ve been there before and it’s impossible to get in that building. I couldn’t get in, and I had credentials. They wouldn’t let us in. So who opened the door? I got to believe that people at the back [of the crowd] didn’t know that they had broken the door,” Allen commented. “They were going, ‘Oh look, they’re letting us in’ There were 120,000 people outside that had no idea this was going on. [Ashli E. Babbitt] who was shot was not a radical, she was an Air Force veteran. Why was she shot? It’s so sad anybody got hurt over this.”
Allen claims the poor handling of the attack has pushed conservatives to hide “in the closet now.”
“If you were just on the other side of the [political] fence, you’re in the closet now because of how shamefully that was handled. It’s an embarrassment for anybody who just didn’t like [the Democratic Party].” He stated. “So there’s nothing to say. It would be a great thing to see [Joe Biden] — and everybody wants him to do well — say, ‘That was a stupid thing, let’s move on, don’t keep harping on it.’ But I don’t think that’s going to happen.”
Allen, who attended Trump’s Inauguration, admitted to the fact nervously when he interviewed with Jimmy Kimmel in 2017. “Yeah, I went to the inauguration,” he told the host. “If you don’t believe what everybody believes, it’s like 30s Germany.”