The Truth About Tim Allen's Political Views

Does everybody know what time it is?! Tool time!!! Political debate time!!!

Award-winning actor and comedian Tim Allen aka "Tim 'The Tool Man' Taylor" landed his first big break in 1991 when he took on the role of a lifetime on ABC's sitcom "Home Improvement." Still, Allen is adamant that he wasn't aware of the kind of success the show would garner. "Innocence is bliss. I started that show — I had no idea what to expect. I literally had no — it just got me off the road," he confessed during a 2021 "Pioneers of Television" interview. 

Since that breakthrough role, however, Allen went on to carve out an illustrious career (and impressive net worth) for himself starring in various hit projects including roles in "The Santa Clause" movies, the "Toy Story" films, and "Cars." Then, in 2011, he embarked on another sitcom titled "Last Man Standing" wherein he played a husband and father of three grown daughters who used his outdoor store's blog to spout off about his conservative ideals. Allen, however, was adamant that the sitcom wasn't political. "We talk about politics because everybody does," he told Entertainment Weekly. But was the show a case of art imitating life? Are Allen's political views similar? The answer may (or may not) surprise you. 

Tim Allen identifies as fiscally conservative

Tim Allen is a conservative... sort of.

During an interview with political pundit Sean Hannity in 2015, Allen declared that he was fiscally conservative. "I like problem-solving and problem-solving usually originates for my family — there was nine kids and my single mom for a while — and a lot of it was about 'how are we gonna pay for this?'" he explained. On the flip side, however, he told Entertainment Weekly in 2021 that while he identifies as fiscally conservative, he's also an "emotionally liberal guy." He added, "I want people taken care of on the social side. I think most people are like that. If you think the government can handle stuff, just look at the rollout of this vaccine." But that's not all. He also told Entertainment Weekly in 2018 that he identifies as "kind of an anarchist." He added, "My political party is that I've never liked taxes, period, so whatever that means... I don't like paying people who never seem to do what I would do with my money."

So a fiscally conservative, yet emotionally liberal guy, who would rebel and forfeit paying taxes if given the option... got it. But which politician would he trust with his tax dollars? Funny you should ask...

Tim Allen 'kind of liked' Donald Trump

It's complicated. 

In 2017, late-night television host Jimmy Kimmel asked Tim Allen if he went to Donald Trump's, inauguration."I was invited, we did a VIP thing for the vets, and went to a veterans ball, so I went to go see Democrats and Republicans," he said as he tap-danced around the question before finally copping to it. "You've gotta be real careful around here," he quickly added. "You get beat up if you don't believe what everybody believes. This is like '30s Germany. I don't know what happened. If you're not part of the group, 'You know what we believe is right,' I go, 'Well, I might have a problem with that.' I'm a comedian, I like going on both sides." And that he does.

During a March 2021 episode of "WTF with Marc Maron" Allen revealed that "he kind of liked" the way the former President "pissed people off." Shortly after the January 6 Capitol attack, however, Allen was critical of the former president's behavior... or lack thereof rather. "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.'," he told Entertainment Weekly. "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." And there ya have it, folks.