Actor Antonio Sabato Jr. recently claimed he has been blacklisted by directors in Hollywood because he spoke at the Republican National Convention on July 18 and supported the party's nominee, Donald Trump.
Sabato told Variety about his plight on Aug. 3:
"I think this country allows you freedom of speech. Anybody should be allowed to say whatever they want. When you’re in my business, you can’t talk about [conservative] politics. You just can’t. You’re attacked viciously in a way that I’ve never been attacked before.
"On Twitter, there’s been name-calling, and celebrities attacking me. That’s fine. I see it, but I don’t read it. I block them and delete them and move on. There’s so much negativity you can be taken into that. But I’ve also heard from celebrities: 'If he can do it, I want to speak my mind too.' They are fed up with the way this country has been running and by all these lies."
Sabato did not mention his own name-calling, specifically, claiming President Barack Obama is a Muslim after his speech at the RNC.
"I don't believe the guy is a Christian," Sabato told ABC News at the time. "I don't believe he follows the God that I love and the Jesus I love."
Sabato added that "Obama" is not a "Christian name," complained that the "Bible is completely out of the schools" and said Obama has not done anything to destroy ISIS.
Sabato falsely claimed that Obama does not attend church and has "never talked about Jesus Christ once."
"I believe that he's on the other side ... the Middle East," Sabato added. "He's with the bad guys. He's with them, he's not with us."
"We had a Muslim president for 7 1/2 years," Sabato later stated.
Sabato provided no proof of his assertions, but added that he was not concerned if his statements caused people in Hollywood to judge him, and told ABC News that he would get work regardless.
Less than a month later, Sabato told Variety:
"I was never a politician. I care about my country. I put God first. For the last 7 1/2 years, I’ve seen this country led by a leader that’s made mistakes. I spoke my mind about it. But because I’m in the industry, you can’t talk about that. The media and the liberals act the way they act: The will back up the president until the end.
"It’s been interesting. I’ve had fantastic directors who have said officially to my agents and managers they will never hire me again. They will never even see me for projects. That’s unfair. It’s just like Communism."
According to IMDB, Sabato has a TV mini-series "Antonio: Down Under" in pre-production for 2017.
After slamming Hollywood for supporting Democrats, who have supposedly done nothing for the country, Sabato also claimed religious persecution:
"My work and my life is based on God. My leader, the one I look up to, is Jesus Christ. I’ve seen people in the industry say, 'I’m not going to talk to this guy, because he talks about Jesus Christ.' It shows the true personalities of these people. Well, I wouldn’t want to work with them anyway. But if I acted the same way as they did, I would never work for anybody. They are all with Hillary."
Sabato also accused the Democratic Party of using the Khan family, who chose to speak at the Democratic National Convention and have continued to speak out on behalf of their son who died in combat while in Iraq in 2004.