Antonio Sabato, Jr. Sounds Off On Trump And Cruz And The Primary Contests In New York And California [Video]

Antonio Sabato Jr

Actor Antonio Sabato, Jr. declared today that Donald Trump is a true patriot, while rival Ted Cruz is untrustworthy.

Perhaps best known for his role as Jagger Cates on the daytime soap opera General Hospital, Sabato, Jr. gave his opinion about the presidential candidates and their chances in New York and California this afternoon on Outnumbered. He also competed on Season 19 of Dancing with the Stars in 2014, and appeared in several reality TV shows as well as acted in various scripted films.

The former Calvin Klein model will also guest host the Chippendales in Las Vegas next month.

The Fox News Channel weekday chat show Outnumbered airs at noon Eastern and features four female co-hosts and a different “one lucky guy” in the middle of the couch in each episode.

With a huge number of nominating delegates at stake for both Republicans and Democrats in election 2016, the New York Primary is scheduled for April 19, while the California Primary takes place on June 7.

In response to a question from FNC’s Andrea Tantaros about what will happen in these two key upcoming primaries, Antonio Sabato, Jr. insisted that despite opposition from the so-called GOP establishment, Donald Trump is the people’s choice for president on the Republican ticket in November.

“I think that Cruz wouldn’t be into the fight if it wasn’t for Trump at this point. If Trump wasn’t in the race at all, I don’t think you’d see Cruz. I think maybe a Rubio at this point. I think Trump will win New York, and he will win California. Then we’ll see in June what happens after that. It’s tough for Trump. His party doesn’t want him. The Democrats don’t want him. But the people want him. At the end of the day, the people will vote. I will vote for Trump. I’m behind him 100 percent, and I hope we’ll see him in the fall.”

When asked why Trump appears to be doing so well in California according to the polls, even without campaigning there yet, Antonio Sabato, Jr. offered this explanation.

“It’s tough times. I think we need somebody who is honest. [Trump] might not be perfect, nobody is, about stuff he talks about. At the end of the day, he’s honest. And I cannot trust Cruz. There’s something about him, and definitely I don’t trust Hillary or anybody on that side. I trust Trump. At the end of the day, he want’s what’s best for the country. He cares for the country. He’s a true patriot, and I believe everything he says.”

Apart from the mainstream media, a significant segment of the conservative media is pro-Cruz and aggressively anti-Trump on the grounds of ideological impurity from their point of view, but the trust issue may be in play as a result of scattered reports that the Cruz campaign is attempting to poach RNC delegates even in states where Trump won by a wide margin.

Pro-Trump sentiment is far from popular in the entertainment industry, at least publicly. For example, his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has been repeatedly vandalized, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Privately, Trump is receiving some degree of quiet support among non-liberals and Independents in the industry, Deadline Hollywood noted.

Former Happy Days actor Scott Baio received significant blowback on social media for vocally supporting Trump, but has refused to back down. Like Sabato, Jr., Baio also suggested that he doesn’t agree with everything that the often controversial/divisive billionaire businessman says.

Similarly, Kiss frontman Gene Simmons (an ex-Celebrity Apprentice cast member) praised the brash New York real estate mogul for his candor and for the way that he has permanently changed politics, but was quick to point out that this was not an endorsement of Trump’s candidacy.

Like him or hate him, Donald Trump has also received the backing of Jesse James, Omarosa, Hershel Walker, Johnny Damon, Dennis Rodman, and possibly others who have interacted directly with the current presidential candidate when Trump was the host of the Celebrity Apprentice on NBC.

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