Actor and California GOP congressional candidate Antonio Sabato Jr. sympathized with White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders after she was kicked out of a Virginia restaurant because he said he’s experienced the same type of treatment.
During an interview with the New York Post at a Virginia Women for Trump event, he explained that he was “blacklisted” after he expressed his support for President Donald Trump.
Sabato attended the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in 2016 and, as an immigrant himself, applauded Trump’s immigration policies.
“I’m concerned about our country’s future. I’m concerned about my children’s future,” he said during his speech. “And I believe we need Donald Trump.”
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While he received applause from convention attendees, he told the New York Post that his colleagues in Hollywood weren’t as receptive to his politics.
“When I went to Cleveland and spoke for our president, as I came back my agent, my managers were all gone,” he explained. “I had jobs lined up, they were all gone.”
He added that Cleveland was “it” and, after what happened to Sanders at the Red Hen restaurant, likened Hollywood’s attitude toward conservatives today to its attitude toward the far left in the 1940s and ’50s.
“That woke me up. It was communism all over again,” Sabato said. “You know, they’re not allowing us to speak our minds, to express how we love this country, and it’s unfortunate.”Jeff Swensen/Getty Images
This isn’t the first time Sabato has likened his perception of Hollywood today to the communist blacklist. Shortly after the convention, he said in a statement to Variety that directors told his agents and managers they wouldn’t hire him.
“You’re supposed to be hired based on your talent and abilities, not because of how you feel about politics or religion,” he said. “But that’s how they do things.”Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images
He added in his statement that he isn’t the only one who supports Trump in Hollywood, which he reiterated during his interview with the New York Post.
“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 told the New York Post.
In June, Sabato finished in second place in the California congressional primary and earned a spot on the general election ballot.
As far as Sanders is concerned, he called the press secretary a “lovely lady” and labeled her being kicked out of the restaurant “disgusting.”