Talking Points Memo
Shortly after soap opera actor Antonio Sábato Jr. delivered a speech praising Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention, he espoused a favorite right-wing conspiracy theory: that President Barack Obama is secretly a Muslim who was born in the Middle East.
Sábato, who made his name as a Calvin Klein model and actor on "General Hospital" in the 1990s, said in a live sit-down interview with ABC News that he believes Obama “had an agenda from the beginning” to “drastically change this country.”
“First of all, I don’t believe the guy is a Christian,” he said. “If you understand Obama, that’s not a Christian name, is it?”
ABC’s Amna Nawaz pressed the model-actor by saying Obama regularly attends church services.
“No, he doesn’t. No, he does not. Actually, he does not attend church,” Sábato said. “He actually has never talked about Jesus Christ once. I’ve met a lot of Christians, I know Christians. I am one, and I don’t believe he is.”
Asked again why he doubts Obama’s religious faith, Sábato said, “It’s in my heart. I just see it for what it is. I believe that he’s on the other side.”
He went on to explain “the other side” is “the Middle East,” and said Obama is “with the bad guys. He’s with them, he’s not with us.”
Sábato was emphatic in saying he “absolutely” believes Obama is Muslim.
“[Obama] grew up in that world, that’s where he comes from, that’s where he grew up,” he said.