Fabio. (Wiki commons)
Commenting on California Gov. Jerry Brown's support for Proposition 57, which supposedly will safely reduce that state's "non-violent felons" prison population, actor and model Fabio Lanzoni (popularly known as Fabio) said, "California is a mess" and Gov. Brown (D) "took the side of the criminal," sold people "on lies," and "turned his back" on the police.
Proposition 57 passed during the November 2016 election. In order to save the state money, Prop 57 changes the incarceration rules in California to allow "non-violent" felons possible parole, permits sentence credits for rehabilitation and good behavior, and changes juvenile prosecution policies. Although Gov. Brown and many liberals strongly backed the measure, it was opposed by the San Francisco Police Officers Association, the Association of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, and the California District Attorneys Association.
On Tucker Carlson Tonight, Fabio, who became a U.S. citizen in 2016, said, "California is a mess. You know, it's like coming from Europe -- I already saw this movie before. So, you know, instead to take the sides of the law enforcement, Governor Jerry Brown took the side of the criminal."
"And, you know, he's a champion of proposition 57," said Fabio. "He went on TV and talked about how he's going to release some, you know, non-violent criminals because California has no money. It costs about $100 million to keep these people in jail."
"So, the only problem, he lied to people," said the actor/model. "He sold people on lies, he told the people this criminal -- the guy got arrested for a bag of marijuana, no big deal. No, actually, you know, there is much more to the story."
Jerry Brown, the Democratic governor of California. (cocosouthla.org)
"If you check Prop 57, the majority of criminals, they are sex offenders, child molesters, human trafficking, sex with minors, and you know, assault with a deadly weapon," he said. "You know, la creme de la creme. And he is releasing all these people back in society. And you know, and today, I'm telling you it's an epidemic. Everybody is getting burglarized, robbed, everywhere."
Host Tucker Carlson then asked, "Weren't you a victim just recently?"
Fabio replied, "One of the many, many people, Tucker. I mean, a lot of my friends, about 14 people got burglarized, robbed, they broke into their cars. I mean, it's an epidemic. And, I know, you know, it's like, as people, we have to take the law side. We have to stand behind the police."
A little later in the interview, Fabio said, "This is not even a political issue. You know, you have the law enforcement and the people, okay? Majority of these celebrities always talking about before the people. Well, this is a great occasion to come out and support the people."
"On one side you have the law enforcement and the people, on the other side you have the criminals," he said. "Of course, we have to take the stand with the people. And I'm telling you, it's unbelievable."
Fabio, 58, who was born in Italy and became a U.S. citizen last year, has lived in California for the last 14 years. In addition to his extensive modeling and television commercial career (Nationwide Insurance, Old Spice, Geek Squad), Fabio has appeared in the movies Zoolander, Knight of Cups, Dude Where's My Car? Spy Hard and Exorcist III.
Fabio being sworn in as a U.S. citizen, March 16, 2016. (INS)