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61 July 19th, 2016 Antonio Sabato Jr. During Post-RNC Speech Interview Sounds Off On President Obama

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On Monday, during the first night of the Republic National Convention in Cleveland, soap and reality star Antonio Sabator Jr. (Ex-Jagger, GH and Ex-Dante, B&B) took the stage and delivered  a short under four minute speech in support of the presumptive republican nominee, Donald Trump.

Antonio spoke of becoming a legal citizen in the U.S. from Italy, and why Trump stands for unity of the U.S, while Hilary Clinton and President Obama do not.  However, it was Sabato’s post-speech interview with ABC News, where he let loose on his feelings on the race for the presidency, and his thoughts on President Obama. Antonio said he does not believe Obama is a Christian, and he says “the guy had an agenda” when he took office to take the country to the left.

He told ABC News that he “absolutely” believes President Barack Obama is a Muslim in his heart, and he (Antonio) has the heart to believe that.  The former soap fan favorite said eight years ago he was a democrat, but he did not vote for Obama the first, or second time.  He went on to say about Obama: “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. He does not support the constituion”

Antonio also related  he was not concerned about vocally supporting Trump in liberal-leaning Hollywood and didn’t care if that caused people to judge him. Sabato added he supports Trump from building the wall from Mexico, and building up the U.S. military.

Watch Antonio’s post speech talk, and his speech when he took the stage at the RNC after the jump. Then let us know what you thought of his speech and his comments.  Former Y&R and B&B star, Kimberlin Brown takes the stage at the RNC tonight.

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  1. Marc says:

    It’s always sad when someone who was once so pretty turns into such an ugly person.

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  2. Jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    Sorry, i will not mix soaps with politics…i met Hillary years ago…i never met Trump-dont care who wins anymore-politics have been a joke for years now!!!

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    Timmm replied

    Did you get her e-mail address!

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Yeah, and we erased everything-lol-kidding!!

  3. davlestev1 says:

    There goes what little respect I had for him the rest went with that farcical marriage to Lee Ann Rhimes..over these loud mouth don’t think before you speak entertainment dunderheads

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    Amanda Lynn Butler replied

    Eddie Cibrian is married to Leann Rimes.

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    davlestev1 replied

    Well boop boop dee doop

    Brett replied

    I feel exactly the same. Don’t even want to look at him.

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  4. Aria says:

    I remember when I was a kid and thought he was so gorgeous and hot, oh well, as far as him being republican, and supporting by trump, well I don’t share his view but he’s entitled to his. As for trump, this guy is a bigot and racist, if this is what America wants then we are really in bigger trouble then we thought.

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    Timmm replied

    Trump is a bully! BUT, our country needs someone to take control of the issues now troubling America. I dont see Hillary doing that. Maybe if Trump were an independent people would digest his words a little easier? I want a bully now to stop ISIS, calm OUR nation with racial injustice and police prejudice!

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    sonniorsolita replied

    And if gay people, the handicapped, law abiding Muslim Americans, etc suffer, well so be it? Many would agree with your points here, Timmm, but we can’t stomach the other stuff Trump brings to the table. And we’re not willing to see our friends, relatives or even ourselves be treated as second-class citizens.

  5. Timmm says:

    At the risk of another pissing contest here I will say only this, I learned a lot about Antonio and I thought he did a great job!

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    Shay replied

    Here, here, Timmm! As far as his actual televised speech, Antonio expressed no sentiments that I haven’t heard from numerous legal immigrants (both young and old….) who are supporting DJT. They came here in obeyance to the laws of our land, paid their dues accordingly and now expect everyone else to do likewise…..why the controversy? As one elderly (and feisty!) grandma of a friend of mine noted, when she arrived in America, there was no “Press 2 for”…..Italian, French, German, Chinese, Yiddish, whatever….you sank or swam, and part of the bargain was either already knowing or learning the English language, not to mention observing our native traditions and mores. Ditto for passing a physical/mental exam to prove you posed no threats to public health or safety, and one certainly didn’t expect handouts, that’s for sure. You worked for what you had….and helped to build up this country in process. Even more recently naturalized citizens have outlined for me the myriad legal, financial and educational requirements they spent many long years attaining before proudly being granted the privilege of “pledging allegiance” to the United States of America. That is all a part of the process of becoming “an American,” and it has worked in its various incarnations since the origins of this great nation…..whether ones’ forefathers arrived via the Mayflower, Ellis Island or anywhere in between, the common thread was that citizenship was acquired the old-fashioned way…..it was earned in some manner or other….not simply handed over on a silver platter! As for those who insist upon attaching a racial component to the call for adherence of our already existing immigration laws???? It’s not the fault of those current statutes or its proponents that the vast majority of those who have been illegally invading our borders just happen to fit into certain demographical designations….it’s merely a fact whether some can accept it or not….and an apparently inconvenient truth for various special interest groups, to be sure, but it is what it is.

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    Dan replied

    Are you running for office, Shay? Lol, that was quite a mouth full. Based on some of the comments you’ve made, I think we’re on total opposite sides of the political spectrum. But you brought up some valid points and said it very well. So while I may not agree with everything you said, I certainly respect and appreciate where you’re coming from.

    If only the politicians in this country on BOTH sides of the aisle could engage in a civil, respectful dialogue like this, the country would be much better off.

    Nikki replied

    Your right Timmm he did do a good job as did Rudy J. & especially Patricia Smith. If you missed her Tim you can get her on google.

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    Timmm replied

    I wanted to vote for RUDY! He was so motivational! I will google Patricia. Thanks Nikki.

  6. Soaphound says:

    We should be grateful to live in a country where citizens are allowed to voice their opinions without too much reprisal. Based on the content of his anti-president hate screed, Mr. Sabato should be ESPECIALLY grateful for being free to voice opinions that even Obama opponent John McCain graciously vigorously denied. Sounds like there’s more going on in his opinion than I care to analyze further. Maybe he was letting Hollywood know he’s still out there and available for hire? Still available, that is.

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  7. Ces says:

    And what he says is important, why?

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  8. su0000 says:

    LONDON (The Borowitz Report)—The theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking angered supporters of Donald J. Trump on Monday by responding to a question about the billionaire with a baffling array of long words.

    Speaking to a television interviewer in London, Hawking called Trump “a demagogue who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator,”
    a statement that many Trump supporters believed was intentionally designed to confuse them.

    “For a so-called genius, this was an epic fail,” Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, said. “If Professor Hawking wants to do some damage, maybe he should try talking in English next time.”

    Later in the day, Hawking attempted to clarify his remark about the presumptive Republican Presidential nominee, telling a reporter, “Trump bad man. Real bad man.”

    ((writes the Borowitz Report

    That speaks of Antonio Sabato Jr. …. LOL

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    Rose replied

    Su0000…Message to Corey…Hawking’s was speaking English. Geez! And we won’t even go into Melania’s speech. Wonder if she really knew how liberally (no pun intended) parts were borrowed from the wife of someone her husband criticizes all the time?

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    rebecca1 replied

    Perfect! Lol…

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    Melissa replied

    Hah! Love it!

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  9. Marq says:

    Who cares what Antonio Sabato thinks. He’s a nobody .

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    Darren replied

    I agree he is a nobody washed up ex soap star. Antonio please go away, you are very annoying.

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  10. MBmomof3 says:

    Just. Wow…

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  11. Adam says:

    I watched all of the RNC last night and Antonio Sabato Jr. did a great job.

    I look forward to seeing Kimberlin Brown on there tonight!

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    Nikki replied

    Me too. I’m sure she’ll do a good job.I would like to see her back but on B & B fighting with Qwin. O.M.Goodness what a blast that would be.

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  12. Joel says:

    Props to him for having the balls to speak his mind instead of remaining silent in fear of critical left wingers

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    JK replied

    AMEN TO THAT!!!!!

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    Nikki replied

    Soooooooooo true Joel.

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  13. Marie Levesque says:

    He is an idiot.

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  14. Jason Loves GH says:

    This is a remarkably handsome man that has no clue whatsoever. He’s far better seen than heard.

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    rebecca1 replied

    Hahaha! Too funny. I’d agree but his opinions were so offensive I can’t even see his looks.

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  15. sonniorsolita says:

    He’s entitled to his opinion, of course. But his comments on President Obama sound delusional. His agent must be in despair.

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  16. Nikki says:

    I’m not even going to get into this again. It starts out with I’m hoping so & so gets it & gradually it turns into nasty tweets back & forth with why we like our candidates and why we don’t like the other. Then it goes into she said & he said followed by he did & she did. So on that note I hope everyone remembers to go vote in November. Good luck!

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  17. Liz says:

    Really???? I had no idea that he was so, so…… Well I just can’t say how I really feel for fear of getting blocked. He is entitled to believe anything he wants, after all this is America, BUT REALLY???????

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  18. Melissa says:

    Antonio has the right to say whatever he wants. And I have the right never to watch any program he is in ever again, including any future guest appearances on GH or DWTS.

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  19. jaime says:

    Disgraceful

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  20. jaybird369 says:

    Stuffy moron. N-e-x-t……….

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  21. su0000 says:

    ABC News Interview; Antonio Sabato Jr.’

    “First of all, I don’t believe that the guy is a Christian,” Sabàto told ABC News. “I don’t believe he follows the God that I love and the Jesus that I love.”
    Following model and General Hospital star Antonio Sabato Jr.’s speech in support of Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention, the actor told ABC News that he “absolutely” believes President Barack Obama is a Muslim.

    “Absolutely. That’s what I believe,” said Sabato. “And you know what, I have the right to believe that and you have the right to go against that, but I believe it. He grew up in that world.”

    The actor, who has also appeared on Dancing With the Stars, continued to question Obama being Christian.

    “First of all, I don’t believe that the guy is a Christian,” said Sabàto. “I don’t believe he follows the God that I love and the Jesus that I love.”

    He added, “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?”

    When asked his thoughts on Obama seen attending church on multiple occasions, Sabato disagreed. “Actually he does not attend church. He actually has never talked about Jesus Christ once,” he said.
    Sabato, who said that he was a Democrat eight years ago, claimed he didn’t vote for Obama during either of his presidential runs but acknowledged that he “actually liked the guy.”

    “Seven years ago, I actually liked the guy. I was backing him up,” said Sabato. “Once he was elected the first time, I was backing him up because I love our president. I love this country, so even if I don’t agree with somebody I’m still going to back them up. This guy just made it really hard for me to support him.”

    Sabato continued, saying that Obama’s agenda has “divided” the country and that under his presidency he’s “seen this country take a bad turn.” He also expressed that he has had conversations with police and the military who do not like the president either.

    “He’s not supporting this country. I don’t believe he is…I believe that he’s on the other side…the Middle East. He’s with the bad guys.” He’s with them. He’s not with us. He’s not with this country.”

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Su0000, do you believe Antonio should stay away from those steroids. Certainly known to cause rage–and, my, isn’t he ragin’? Still think he should go to Vegas and stay there–remember: “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”! :) :)

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  22. Ghlover says:

    How sad.

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  23. Mateo says:

    Oh Antonio, pretty things most often do not speak for a reason. You would be wise to heed that sage wisdom. Your stretch at being intellectual exploded in your face and it ruined that once so pretty image. I almost feel sorry for you but I have to remind myself that as an American citizen you have a right to your views. It just saddens me to find out that your only benefit is what you show in Calvin Klein ads. Shhh, don’t speak.

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    Ces replied

    Lol!

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  24. Lou Piikes says:

    Lawd forgive me but I dreamt that Donald Trump dropped out of the Presidential race and that Arnold Swartzenager took his place.

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    Melissa replied

    Remarkably, that would be preferable to The Donald. Named after a duck or a McDonald perhaps?

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    Ces replied

    Haha. Real sad that Donald Trump was the last remaining choice to represent the Republican Party. For someone like myself that hovers somewhere in the middle & tries to choose the best option for this country, it is a no brainer now. Lesser of the two evils?

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  25. Dan says:

    He’s free to say whatever he wants, as laughable as it might be. But the Muslim stuff…I mean seriously? That nonsense was debunked 8 years ago. But I guess it makes sense, the Republican Party is the party that wants to take us back to the 1950s. So it makes sense Antonio would be stuck in the past.

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    Llanviewer717 replied

    Oh Dan, “the 1950s.” I was a child during the 1950s and it was NOT all white picket fences, Donna Reed, Wally and the Beaver and Father Knows Best for most people. I have no desire to turn back time.

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    Dan replied

    I have no desire to turn back time, either. So I agree with you there!

    Timmm replied

    Antonio Fonzarelli! HEY!

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    Shay replied

    @Dan….Thank you for your earlier kind response…..I wanted a “direct link” to you, so I popped down the thread. However, before I reply to those aforementioned remarks, please let me first respectfully preface them with this additional thought : I was born a ways after the 1950′s, so I have no reason to want to return to a place I’ve never been…..however, I did enjoy the benefits of growing up in a more recent point in this country’s history when peace, prosperity and patriotism still ruled the day, and thus, have no qualms in wishing to replicate those secure conditions in our current/future society. Personally, I don’t see that so much as a political statement, as a sincere hope upon which all Americans would agree. Having gotten that sentiment out of the way, Dan, I must repeat that I really appreciated your thoughtful consideration of my explanation for the opposing view to the controversial topic at hand. When I initially read the various threads and their questions posed by Mr. Fairman regarding the GOP convention, I knew to gird myself for the standard, negative rhetoric we often see here….and my expectations were sadly more than surpassed…..very few surprises! Quite frankly, I usually just overlook these less than diverse “collections” and move on, as I tend to comment very little about political matters, particularly since many of the posters I most adore here are reliably on the opposite side of “the aisle.” (As you, yourself, have very diplomatically noted….) Hence I routinely just grit my teeth and concentrate on the incredible charm, wit and creativity that I do admire in these said individuals and forget the rest….whilst remaining silent. Yet, when I came upon these specific subjects and found the same old blanket condemnations and too-cute comments aimed toward those with a contrary opinion, I said to myself, “Not This Time!” That’s because the puerile labels like the very hackneyed “haters,” not to mention, (fill-in-the-blank) phobes, or other oft-used pejoratives simply don’t comport with any of the fine, personable—-and yes, highly-educated and well-read—people of varied political stripes I know who are supporting Mr. Trump, let alone those numerous naturalized citizens who have exhibited much the same attitude on the subject of illegal immigration as both his wife, Melania, and, of course, Antonio. As I have previously observed, all of them truly cherish their citizenship and are so (rightfully) proud of the fact that they attained their status according to the laws set forth by our nation….they don’t find it one bit incongruous for them to support either DJT’s candidacy or his specifically proposed remedies for this admittedly controversial issue. It’s actually totally in line with their beliefs that everyone should be required to follow the same intensive procedures that they did for the immense privilege of becoming an American, and they are more than a tad miffed and insulted that they have been maligned for pointing out what they consider the vastly important distinction between their own legal entries into the USA and the mass illegal crossings we are now witnessing on our border. I would describe their displeasure as akin to a person who went through the hard work, expense and time it took to complete a doctorate program vs. someone who just steps onto campus grounds and is awarded the same degree simply for showing up, no further effort required. I realize this hypothetical is not exactly comparable, but perhaps it will give you—and others—an idea how those in this situation have expressed it to me. It’s not so much a slam on the individuals being encouraged to participate in this lawless behavior, as an indictment upon how the present system is providing them inequitable access in contrast to the personal experiences of previously law-compliant emigrants. As far as Mr. Trump being accused of harboring anti-immigrant feelings? That is also a tough proposition for me to accept, given that his own family has consisted of a much-beloved mother who originally hailed from Scotland and the spouses/mothers of four of his children who were born in formerly Communist Eastern bloc countries!!!! Again, I emphasize it is the illegal component and its accompanying dangers (of health and safety) that he—and many of his prospective voters—-have so vehemently railed against. I will further propose that for any of us to be likewise labeled as xenophobic is disingenuous because with rare exception, we trace our very American existences to forefathers who arrived here from elsewhere…..does that mean we despise our own antecedents? I should hardly think so!!!! At any rate, I realize this has been a lengthy post, as I am wont to write, so I do apologize for that, Dan….I really enjoyed your response and wanted to further expound upon my initial remarks. Lastly, I should like to add that as someone who has dared provide alternative opinions over these past few days, I’ve been most thankful for the thoughtful, accepting nature of posters like yourself (and James, too….) Agreeing to disagree needn’t be traumatic, rather it can be fun and interesting!….I truly consider such positive dialogue to be vital to the political process…it’s happened far too seldom in this highly-polarized election season, and since you asked, no, I’m not running for office…..LOL….although I am very immersed in politics almost 24/7—I actually need to catch up on my sleep after this week!— but I did avidly participate as a student council/government representative during my uni years….I ran three successful campaigns and still look back at that activity as being one of the highlights of my college career! By the way, that’s despite the fact the majority of my peers were also of often opposite views….we still got on famously…no fisticuffs to report! Oddly enough, my tenure on the school’s newspaper was not nearly as rewarding since those much-vaunted ideals of freedom of speech/the press were not uniformly applied to those who failed to espouse the publication’s prevailing left-of-center political philosophy. Oh, well….go figure!

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  26. Michael says:

    I had a history teacher who used to use an expression you have diarrhea of the mouth and constipation of the brain, which certainly applies in this case with Antonio and Scott Baio. I wonder if Joanie would still love Chachi after his appearance.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    :)

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  27. jlh says:

    Disappointing. Maybe he has a brain tumor…

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    nancy dillingham replied

    So he believes “in his heart” that President Obama is a Muslim???
    Methinks he should stick to acting or being beefcake in Vegas. :)

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  28. Rodd says:

    Sadly, I think this guy drank the Kool-Aid. Doubt we’ll be seeing him on TV anytime soon…not that we’ve been seeing him much in years.

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  29. Dylan says:

    Sabato is an immigrant Italian Jewish man. Supporting building a wall, segregating people, AND beefing up military. Um….something isn’t right. LMAO. I wish America would wake up and realize there is NO right, there is NO left. They are all working towards the same goal and whoever gets in, it is predetermined. This sounds like an episode of The View where the cackling hens start talking politics and they have NO idea what they are even talking about. The inmates (all politicians) are running the asylum known as the United States, and people believe every word and every lie that is printed. Sad, really. I think soap actors (based on Kimberlin and Antonio, anyway) itshould probably stick to what they do best and just act out other people’s words rather than try to write and present their own.

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    Rebecca1 replied

    Dylan ,I had no idea Sabato was by birth Jewish. Or part Jewish. After I read your comment I looked it up. Turns out his mom was Jewish (her mother was, not sure of her father). But he wasn’t raised Jewish at all. In his own words, he’s a Christian.

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  30. Rebecca1 says:

    Sabato has his own home renovation show, “Fix It and Finish It” or something to that effect. Good with a hammer. Maybe he’ll volunteer to build the wall…

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  31. Rebecca1 says:

    In all seriousness Sabato’s speech should not have been approved. He speaks of unity when he mentions his faith and Jesus Christ, as if believing in his faith is a prerequisite for a President? Follow this train of thought Anthony. This is the United States of America, home to Jewish people who don’t follow Jesus, home to atheists and agnostics and Buddhists who don’t follow Jesus. And you know what? They don’t need to live a Christian life to be good people. There is nothing about being Christian that makes one a better person, citizen or President. Oh, and contrary to some people’s beliefs this is NOT a Christian country. There is no need to bring your faith, or anyone’s faith, into a presidential race unless the person is an extremist who is a threat to life and way of life. So, what should Jewish, agnostic, Buddhist and atheist supporters do with your rally cry. Here’s an idea. If you ever speak at a political function again how about taking about….I don’t know…politics!

    As for Trump and his family, it’s for the win at all costs. Ivanka approves of a speech that alienates her, her husband and children, all Jewish, none of which believes in Jesus? Trump doesn’t tone it down to appeal to ALL Americans, but goes for the group that can get him the win, complete with evangelical vp. It’s all so offensive and hypocritical…so obvious and yet Trump continues to pull the strings even as he and his entourage get caught up in their own web. Anthony…when the Trump sons stand proudly smiling over the beautiful animals they kill for fun…is that in the name of your shared faith too? Cause you seem to think you have the corner on decency…

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