By Christopher Rosen
Updated July 19, 2016 at 12:44 PM EDT
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Former soap opera star Antonio Sabato Jr. said in an interview on Monday night that he believes President Barack Obama is a Muslim.

“First of all, I don’t believe the guy is a Christian. I don’t believe he follows the God that I love and the Jesus that I love,” Sabato, who starred on General Hospital and The Bold and the Beautiful, said in an interview with ABC News following his speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Sabato was one of two actors to speak on behalf of presumed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at the convention, alongside Scott Baio.

During the interview, Sabato said Obama’s name was not “Christian” and claimed the president “had an agenda to change this country.”

“He’s not supporting this country. I don’t believe he is,” Sabato said.

Told Obama regularly attends church services with his family, Sabato said that was not true. “He has never talked about Jesus Christ once,” Sabato said. “I know a lot of Christians, I am one. And I don’t believe he is.”

He continued, claiming Obama was “on the other side.”

“The Middle East. He’s with the bad guys,” Sabato said when asked what that meant. “He’s with them, he’s not with us. He doesn’t support all the great things that made this country great.”

Asked if he felt that the United States could never have a Muslim president, Sabato said, “We had a Muslim president for seven and a half years.” He added, “That’s what I believe. 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. That’s where he comes from. That’s where he grew up.”

Continuing his commentary, Sabato said Obama made “a lot of wrong choices” and called politics a “nasty business.”

“Once you open your mouth, everyone attacks you,” he said. “The left, which is nasty, attacks you emotionally, physically. I don’t see that from this party [the Republicans] down here.”

Obama, who is Christian, has battled back against claims that he’s Muslim since his first presidential campaign in 2008. “I’ve been to the same church — the same Christian church — for almost 20 years,” Obama said during a campaign stop in 2008. “I was sworn in with my hand on the family Bible. Whenever I’m in the United States Senate, I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. So if you get some silly e-mail … send it back to whoever sent it and tell them this is all crazy. Educate.”

In 2011, Obama released his long-form birth certificate after many, including presumed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, tried to claim he wasn’t an American citizen. (Obama was born in Hawaii.)

“The President believed the distraction over his birth certificate wasn’t good for the country. It may have been good politics and good TV, but it was bad for the American people and distracting from the many challenges we face as a country,” the White House said in a statement at the time. “Therefore, the President directed his counsel to review the legal authority for seeking access to the long form certificate and to request on that basis that the Hawaii State Department of Health make an exception to release a copy of his long form birth certificate. They granted that exception in part because of the tremendous volume of requests they had been getting.” The birth certificate can be seen here.

Watch Sabato’s comments here.

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