Actor Antonio Sabato Jr. can sympathize with Sarah Sanders.
The Republican congressional candidate thinks it was “unfortunate” that the White House press secretary was asked to leave a Virginia restaurant because she works for President Trump. But he admitted he has had his share of being mistreated as well.
“She’s a lovely lady and it’s disgusting,” Sabato told The New York Post on Sunday, “And I know more than anybody else because I’ve been through it and I’m still going through it.”
Sabato spoke about being “blacklisted” like Hollywood stars suspected of being communists in the 1940s and ’50s during an appearance at a Virginia Women for Trump event at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.
— Tony Shaffer (@T_S_P_O_O_K_Y) June 24, 2018
“When I went to Cleveland and spoke for our president, as I came back, my agent, my managers were all gone. I had jobs lined up, they were all gone,” he said.
Sabatao, who is running for a congressional seat in Ventura County, California, spoke along with actor Scott Baio at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. The treatment of Sanders by the owner of the Red Hen in Lexington asking the White House press secretary to leave was something Sabato could relate to.
“I have the same treatment,” he said.
So shameful and wrong,sorry to hear about this.
You have class and integrity, keep up the great work!
— Antonio Sabáto Jr ?? (@AntonioSabatoJr) June 24, 2018
“For me, from when I came back from Cleveland, that was it,” he told The Post, “That woke me up. It was communism all over again. You know, they’re not allowing us to speak our minds, to express how we love this country and it’s unfortunate.”
Fellow conservative actor James Woods noted the 1950’s “red scare” in a tweet linking to an op-ed in The Federalist calling for the U.S. to get a “divorce” as the nation is “hopelessly divided.”
#Hollywood is a microcosm of the rage, bigotry, and deprivation of rights discussed here. After the 1950’s “red scare” California passed a law against political blacklisting. Hard to believe the industry that fought for that law now breaks it regularly. https://t.co/NvWBWyOulw
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) June 25, 2018
“Hard to believe the industry that fought for that law now breaks it regularly,” Woods tweeted.
There are “many people” in liberal California who support the president, Sabato noted, but they keep that support under the radar.
“I know them very well and they’re very scared and they care about their paycheck and they care about working in TV shows and movies and they don’t want to jeopardize that and I totally understand that,” he said.
Woods again echoed Sabato’s claims while responding to a complimentary tweet thanking him for “taking a stand” and inspiring “little actors to express our beliefs even if it’s not PC.”
Be careful. The #liberals in casting offices literally check who you follow on #Twitter. They will blacklist you in a heartbeat. I appreciate your words immensely, but I don’t want you to lose your livelihood. They are sick, vicious people. https://t.co/ga3AfLnN14
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) June 23, 2018
“Be careful,” Woods wrote, warning of blacklisting by casting offices. “They are sick, vicious people.”
Sabato came in second in the primary, moving ahead to the general election for the California congressional seat. Democrat opponent Julia Brownley had more than double Sabato’s support, according to The Post.
Thank you Ventura county for believing in me. Now it’s on to the General election in November.
Let’s win for America !! ??
Thank you ?
— Antonio Sabáto Jr ?? (@AntonioSabatoJr) June 6, 2018
“This seat in my county is a winnable seat, guys,” the optimistic actor told the crowd at Sunday’s event. “And we’re going to win it. We’re coming together.”