Antonio Sabato Jr. "absolutely" believes U.S. President Barack Obama is a Muslim who is working against the best interests of the country with "bad guys" in the Middle East. The comments were made at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland Monday, just after the former soap opera actor turned reality TV star delivered an enthusiastic speech to the crowd about his support of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, himself a former reality star.
"First of all, I don’t believe that the guy is a Christian," Sabato said. "I don’t believe he follows the God that I love and the Jesus that I love. ... If you follow his story, if you read his book, if you understand about Obama — I mean, that’s not a Christian name, is it?"
Trump himself was a driving force behind the so-called "birther" movement that claimed, despite records that proved otherwise, that Obama wasn't born in the U.S. Trump has long suggested Obama is a Muslim, as well.
Sabato, who was invited to make a high-profile speech at the RNC, also claimed that the president was actually working against the country, the former underwear model saying he's "seen this country take a bad turn."
"I believe that he's on the other side...the Middle East," Sabato told ABC News. "He's with the bad guys."
Sabato has appeared in shows like "General Hospital," "Melrose Place" and "The Bold and the Beautiful." He also appeared in "Dancing with the Stars," and, most recently, served as the celebrity host at a Chippendales club in Los Angeles. He has said presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton should be behind bars and that the country should just skip the election and let Trump lead.
In his speech Monday, Sabato talked about his concern for the country's future, including the encroachment of socialism, and said Trump would fix the U.S.' issues. He also talked about his immigration from Italy and how others should follow the same rules to become citizens.