Connor Carey simply got “caught up in the emotions of the crowd” at the Jan. 19 protest in Washington, DC, a source close to the 11-year-old’s famous pop told TMZ.
He was in “hot water” after his parents saw the clip — although it’s not clear what, if any, discipline was imposed.
At the protest, a grinning Connor is asked why he started the small blaze outside the National Press Club in Washington, where a pro-Trump “Deploraball” party was being held.
He responded: “Because I felt like it and I’m just … saying, screw our president!”
Connor “regretted his choice of words” after a sit-down with his parents, the source told the site.
The clip of the news segment was shared on Facebook more than 10.4 million times, with many commenters criticizing the parents of the initially unidentified lad.
“This is what happens when you don’t discipline your kids,” Facebook user Michael Brown commented.
Eric Lucas commented, “Horrible parenting! Should be in bed and parents in jail.”
But it appears the younger Carey takes after his famous father.
The Cleveland-born comic, 58, while a registered Republican, backed Libertarian Gary Johnson for president because he said the ex-governor of New Mexico wasn’t a “maniac or a liar.”
“I don’t need a national daddy, or mommy,” Carey said when asked about his support for Johnson. And when asked who was the “lesser of two evils” between Trump and Hillary Clinton, he said “Gary Johnson. I don’t give a f—k. If your person doesn’t get enough votes, you lose. I don’t want to hear it. There are more than two choices and you are allowed to vote for whoever you want. This is America. If you can’t get the votes to win, tough s—t.”
And in 2015, Carey tweeted “Donald Trump Is a Bad Person,” linking to an article with that same headline.
Viral Pint-Size Inauguration Fire-Starter Was Actually Drew Carey’s 11-Year-Old Son
During last week’s inauguration protests, a young, anonymous redhead rose to viral fame after starting a small fire. “I actually kinda started this fire,” the then-unknown kid — all we knew was his name was Connor — told Fox News. “Because I felt like it, and I’m just saying … screw our president!”
But Connor’s viral stardom may have been less accidental than genetically preordained. Turns out Connor is none other than Drew Carey’s 11-year-old son, TMZ reports. Carey and Connor’s mother, Nicole Jaracz, were reportedly quite upset with Connor’s interview. A source also told TMZ the boy “regretted his choice of words” after speaking with his parents. (The old are you actually sorry or are you just sorry you got caught question comes to mind here.)
That kid who said 'screw our president' is apparently Drew Carey's son
In a fun twist of events, the kid who told a Fox News reporter "screw our president" at a Washington D.C. protest is actor and comedian Drew Carey's son.
The clip — first broadcast on Jan. 19, the evening before President Donald Trump's inauguration —- shows 11-year-old Connor taking credit for starting a small fire at the D.C. protest before sharing his thoughts on the then-incoming president.
On Thursday, TMZ reported the connection between Connor and Carey, reporting that the comedian and his wife were upset with the way their son expressed himself on television. The celebrity gossip site says Connor — who apparently got caught up in the spirit of the protest — received a firm talking to from his parents.