Soap Opera Alum Antonio Sabato Jr. Is Running For Congress

Actor Antonio Sabato Jr. (ex-Jagger, General Hospital; ex-Dante, The Bold and the Beautiful; ex-Jack, Melrose Place) rose in political prominence after he spoke at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last year. Next he will be running for Congress in California, according to the Republican operative who will act as his top fundraiser in the 2018 race.

Sabato, who filed documents with the Federal Election Commission on Monday, was inspired to run for office during President Donald Trump's 2016 run. Charles Moran, his top fundraiser, told CNN on Monday, and will likely use his connections with the Trump administration -- and the President himself -- to differentiate himself with other Republicans in the district and the seat's current Democratic occupant, Rep. Julia Brownley.

"Brownley is a very junior member in the minority party," Moran said. "Contrast that against ... Antonio Sabato Jr. ... you have somebody who is a member of the majority party who has good relations with the Trump administration."

Sabato's congressional campaign was first reported by the Los Angeles Times.

Moran noted that Sabato "knows" the President and is close with one of his sons.

While the RNC catapulted Sabato to prominence, it also landed him in hot water, when he incorrectly told ABC News that former President Barack Obama was a Muslim.

"We had a Muslim president for 7 1/2 years," Sabato said. "I don't believe he is" a Christian.
Brownley has represented the 26th congressional district since 2013. She was previously a member of the California State Assembly.

Below are five other controversial Sabato Jr. quotes following the speech:

Obama Is Not A Christian

"First of all, I don't believe the guy is Christian. I don't believe he follows the God that I love and the Jesus that I love," Sabato said. "...He does not attend church, he has never talked about Jesus Christ once. I have met a a lot of Christians. I am one and I don't believe he is...it's in my heart, I see it for what it is."

Obama Supports The Middle East But Not America

"I believe that he's on the other side...the Middle East. He's with the bad guys, he's with them, not with us," Sabato claimed. "He's not with this country, he doesn't support what the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, all the great things that made this country great."

He Asked If Obama Was Even A Christian Name

Sabato asked if Obama was even a Christian name as he tried to make his point that he didn't believe the President was Christian, and to further his beliefs that he is a Muslim.

Obama's Agenda Was To Destroy The Country

"I think that he has an agenda from the beginning...the guy has had an agenda to dramatically change this country from Left to even further Left, and he's made it not safe anymore, he's divided this country," Sabato said. "People are walking around now, they're not respecting police officers, they're not respecting teachers. The bible is completely out of schools. Things are changing and you can see really, his agenda really exploding right now in the last few months of his term. Things are happening on a weekly basis."

Donald Trump's Attacked Comments Were Changed By The Media

When asked about Trump's comments about Muslims, Mexicans and others, Sabato defended the Republican candidate and claimed the media twisted everything around.

"That's the media changing it around, I don't think he feels that way," he said. "he's definitely not racist."

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