A Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE supporter says President Obama’s handling of the Middle East shows he practices Islam.
“In the mind of the average American, there is no doubt he is a Muslim,” Carl Paladino said late Thursday, according to The New York Observer. "He is not a Christian."
“Look at what he’s done with Iran, what he’s done with the Sunni-Shia thing over in Iraq and Iran, and with [the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria],” added Paladino, the Trump campaign’s New York state co-chairman.
Actor Antonio Sabato Jr., another backer of the GOP nominee, also said during last month’s Republican National Convention Obama “absolutely” follows Islam.
“I don’t believe the guy is a Christian,” he told ABC News on July 18. "I don’t believe he follows the God that I love and the Jesus I love.
“I think he has had an agenda from the beginning,” added Sabato, a former model for Calvin Klein. "He’s with the bad guys.”
Sabato, who is a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Italy, added that Obama’s last name is “not a Christian name, is it?”
Paladino has previously criticized Obama’s faith when Paladino ran for New York governor in 2010 as a Republican.
“I think he worships himself,” he told YNN’s “Capital Tonight” on Aug. 31, 2010, according to The Associated Press.
“I’m not saying he’s anything else, but I think Mr. Obama is about himself. I think any religious beliefs that he advocates are part of the theater to make himself look better to the American people.”
Rumors about Obama secretly practicing Islam have dogged him since before Trump became the GOP’s presidential nominee this year.
Internet conspiracy theories have repeatedly cited Obama’s Kenyan heritage and his time in Indonesia as proof he is Muslim.
Obama says he is a Christian, and he and his family have attended various Christian churches in Washington since he took office in 2008.