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Antonio Sabato Jr. Running For Congress In California!

Photo: Twitter/RNC

Photo: Twitter/RNC

Fans of daytime first saw Antonio Sabato Jr. enter the political arena, when he spoke endorsing now President Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention.

Now Sabato is gearing up to run for Congress, challenging Rep. Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village), who represents the southern central coast and most of Ventura County in the state of California.

This according to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission on Monday.

According to the LA Times: “GOP strategist Charles Moran, who will serve as Sabato’s fundraiser, confirmed the run. Strategist Jeff Corless will serve as a top adviser.”

Sabato is best known for his soap roles on General HospitalMelrose Place, and The Bold and The Beautiful, and as a model for Calvin Klein underwear. In the last several years, he has starred in his own reality show, My Antonio and was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars.

So, what are your thoughts on Sabato running for political office? Comment below.

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Marc Harshbarger
Marc Harshbarger

Anyone who supports Trump turns my stomach. That’s my thought.

Celia
Celia

Must you? Hasn’t there been enough dissention and heartache in the world? Do you really want to go down this road? Cut that out!!!!!
We exist. We are here because our ancestors wanted to live a life of freedom; unfettered. So, why are you cutting people at the knees? Why should people abide by your dictates, beliefs and values?
what makes you think that your worth is on a higher standard than mine? You do not even know me, or any other Trumpster on this board—perhaps you turn our dtomac with acido. Are you going to take on more than half the country. Gimme an everloving break!!
Here we go again with the insults. Live and let live.

Marc Harshbarger
Marc Harshbarger

So let me understand this, Celia. I’m supposed to abide by Trump’s beliefs and values? “Gimme an everloving break!” If anyone is “cutting people at the knees”, it’s Trump and his Trumpcare. And I do not think that my worth is on a higher standard than yours – we are both Americans (who both love soap operas). And we should both want someone in the White House and in Congress who cares about EVERYBODY. I just don’t get that feeling from Trump and his administration and most (not ALL) Republicans. They scare me to be quite honest.

Shay
Shay

Hey there, CeeCee! The only “safe havens” in New York are Trump Tower and your family abodes! (Oh, and Sean’s place in Oyster Bay….)

Andy G.
Andy G.

Check your math, Celia: Considerably less than half the country voted for the current occupant of the oval office. He lost the popular vote by nearly 3,000,000. That’s not an insult, Celia; it’s a fact. Learn the difference.

Tristan
Tristan

Not more than half the country, Celia. His approval rating is 36%. So, barely over 1/3 of the country. And he lost the popular vote. However, I am not going to take on the mythical “more than half the country,” or the actual 1/3 of the country. So…carry on.

Brian
Brian

Amen Marc!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Agree, Marc. Sickening. New York and California are our safe havens…or at least trying to be. We can’t let these stages be “infected” too.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Oh, how I wish for the edit button!!!! LOL. states…not…stages.

Timmm
Timmm

Any “American” who is close minded turns my stomach!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

And, thank goodness you can’t “fire” democracy!

Celia
Celia

Hi, Mark,
No, I did not say that. Please reread what I wrote.
You can feel however you want about the president…your prerogative. What I am saying is that you collectively insulted all Trump supporters.
Believe me, I understand. I do not agree with everything he does. But, you indulted me, not Trump. Can you not see that?
I do not care about Trump. If he is doing things”wrong”, his mistakes are his and his alone. Do not hang me and all others because of Trump. The truth has a way of insidiously coming to the surface.
Say what you will about him. But, you did not, did you? You said that anyone who supports Trump makes your stomach turn. I voted for Trump. That means I make your stomach turn. Is that fair, Mark?
I simply responded in kind.

Marc Harshbarger
Marc Harshbarger

So let me get this straight, Celia, if Trump is doing anything wrong, I’m not supposed to blame the people who voted for him and continue to support him – like yourself? So these folks who put this man into the White House are blameless? Well, golly gee whiz, I just don’t see things that way. YOU are to blame whether you like it or not. As for my original remark, many of the Trump supporters I have seen have been filmed and interviewed at his lovely rallies – and, yes, those people definitely make my stomach turn with the horrible things they’ve said about President Obama, Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton. And it seems – at least from television – that most Republicans share these views and think it’s perfectly fine to discriminate against everyone who is not rich, white, straight and male. But if you are NOT one of these Republicans, Celia, and you are a more moderate one who doesn’t agree with the disgusting rhetoric at these rallies and the rampant discrimination across this country, then you do not make my stomach turn. However, you still voted for Trump. And I will hang his ‘mistakes” on you. I hope that seems fair.

Dr Helen Ruth
Dr Helen Ruth

I thought that these messages were monitored before posting? This is hate speech which is causing me anxiety and I must go find a safe space to hide in.

Seriously, this is uncalled for.

Good luck to Antonio for wanting to serve his country.

Lew S.
Lew S.

Marc, You are so right. Very scary times

Matthew
Matthew

Preach Marc! Celia, get back in your basket. #NotMyPresident #Resist #BasketOfDeplorables

Joel
Joel

Someone supporting the President turns your stomach? Wow. Classy.

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

36% approval rating. Today the Russian media had access to the President but US media didn’t. It’s not America First, is it Comrades?

I never believed I’d see the day when a R President and R Congress were in bed and doing the bidding of the former KGB leader in Moscow.

64% disapprove of this President. Disagreement was fine when the President was black but it’s not fine when he’s Cheeto-colored? Got it. Two out of three voters disagree.

Now, let’s get back to our soaps!

Judy
Judy

your dont know what your talking about texas,Ind all the middle of the county are trump all the way

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Say W-h-a-t? Boo! Hiss!

Celia
Celia

What scares me are illegal, criminal immigrands who are regurgitated into society, unmindful of the danger they present to the public.
What scares me are the crazies/anarchists who go around burning private property, the American flag the beatings of innocent people, the trashing of 10-year old little boys, and accosting mothers with young children because their father is Donald Trump.

Tristan
Tristan

Celia, this rant does not sound like you. You seem far too intelligent to be posting nonsense about imaginary burnings of private property by “crazies/anarchists” on a soap opera board.

Shay
Shay

Quite frankly, I’ve never understood why anyone would think that it’s the place of US taxpayers to foot the bill for somebody else’s health care coverage unless we are speaking of individuals who truly cannot provide for themselves through no fault of their own. (The mentally/physically disabled, injured military vets, etc….) Liberals say that healthcare is a “right,” not a “privilege,” but I reject this “either/or” definition….what it really comes down to is that it is a “personal responsibility,” just like auto, home, life and any other type of insurance one as a functioning adult must purchase without the aid of federal subsidies…Of course, we don’t like having to pay for it, but it is simply the right thing to do and so we have handled our own affairs as we saw fit and according to our own needs/capabilities. Most of those who were covered prior to the “Obomination” of our healthcare marketplace, had policies which they liked, wanted to keep and had obtained via either employment perks or from their own “out-of-pocket” expenses. To have upset that applecart of general satisfaction for thousands, make that millions, of otherwise self-supporting people was absolutely ludicrous…what it essentially came down to was “robbing Peter to pay Paul.” Instead of allowing those who were content with the status quo to keep what they wanted and addressing the minority of those malcontents who seemingly complained the loudest, too many were forced by law to relinquish their own preferred policies just so the government could meddle in our personal lives by imposing decisions that should have been made by the individual and not the state. What we now have are far too many individuals/families either paying massive premiums for inferior products with ridiculously-high deductibles that they never would have chosen in the first place or more and more people being forced onto the Medicaid rolls at taxpayer expense…neither of which is an ideal or desired situation for the majority of U.S. citizens who really do wish to take care of themselves whenever possible. This unnecessary takeover of approximately one-sixth of our economy was never anything more than a brazen leftist attempt to control both the US citizenry in a way our founders never intended and our country’s first-rate medical sector by turning it into one that’s sadly reminiscent of third world nations. Given the death spiral collapse of the health insurance and provider industries ever-approaching, I’d say that mission has nearly been accomplished. (Aetna, anyone????)

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

What were the lessons of the life of Jesus? Did he hang out a Mar-A-Lago with billionaires or did he walk the streets tending to the afflicted, those who suffered without relief? Did he go to the treasury and double the gold reserve or did he make the blind see and heal lepers? The tenets of my faith ask that we tend to the poor and the infirm. I’m pretty okay with that.

“Quite frankly, I’ve never understood why anyone would think that it’s the place of US taxpayers to foot the bill for somebody else’s health care coverage.”

Great, turn in your medicare, Shay. Because Medicare is universal health care for all adults over the age of 65. You know, the system you’ve been paying in to if you worked? Please, live your words and values.

Health care costs as a percent of the GDB are highest in the US than in countries with a single payer. You know why that is? Because when you have a single payer and a single cost schedule, you’ve just saved a ton of money by not handing profits over to profit making insurance companies that add no VALUE to the quality of health care. So, yes, our health care costs way more than other countries and it has no relationship to health outcomes.

Health Outcomes, sorry if you already know this, is a field of study. Folks who provide these studies include the WHO, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, most graduate programs in Public Health, etc. These studies map end results (mortality, chronic illness, injuries, etc) and the delivery systems for health care. Briefly? We spend more on systems and get less in outcomes.

Oh, Shay, you had me giggling when you conflated the Founding Fathers and first-rate health care. There weren’t many hospitals in colonial America. If lucky, a town likely had someone with limited education as a health care provider and negligible non-personnel resources.

The fascinating thing about the health care dialog is the abundance of opinion (you need to take care of yourself) and the absence of dispassionate scientific data and studies. Trust: there’s plenty of data and studies. And it all says we can do better.

And, as a practicing Catholic, I know that the directive to do better comes from a much higher authority than that of the village scold.

Celia
Celia

Hey, Shay,
There are more ‘safe havens’ than you think in my neck of the woods. They simply are not vociferous.

Shay
Shay

@Tomas…Given that 52% of Catholics voted for President Trump, it is more than bit disingenuous to pull the “faith card” as a blanket endorsement for a liberal government program. The truth is that “The Church” is just as divided as the nation in whole on political matters, and it has become even more so under its currently controversial leadership.

Celia
Celia

I don’t know how many times I have said this. I was ready to vote for Hillary……only my third time voting….Hillary’s tactics did not impress me. I remember how she had slammed Obama sky-high….not very becoming.
I am neither Republican, nor Democrat. But, I had to make a choice; and, Trump’s peccadillos paled in comparison to me. Then, of course, the thought of Bill, loose, once again reaming the halls of the WH sniffing young skirts, sealed the deal.
This does not give you the right to insult me, as a human being……what a guy!!!!!

Marc Harshbarger
Marc Harshbarger

Oh give me a break, Celia. Donald Trump slammed – and continues to slam/blame – President Obama, so that lame excuse for not voting for Hillary is a bunch of baloney. As for Bill Clinton being in the White House again “sealing the deal” for you to vote for Trump is downright ridiculous! Your favorite guy is on tape saying he grabbed this woman and that woman – and he doesn’t think it’s wrong to call women ugly and other “lovely” names. Trump – “what a guy!!!!!” Thanks for making me laugh, Celia. I’m not going to bother to respond to anymore of your comments since you obviously think Trump’s “peccadillos” are much ado about nothing. I, on the other hand, am embarrassed by this incompetent man and his administration on a daily basis. So let’s just agree to disagree on politics, Celia, and get back to watching our favorite daytime soaps.

Ashleigh
Ashleigh

Celia, I’m with you. I didn’t vote for either Hilary or Trump, but I agree with everything you said, and I live in Oregon! The fact that people are giving you this hard time is why he won, and they are so verbally hateful towards us while causing us hateful. How do I feel about ASJr.? Bad, because like Tim Allen and his hit show, he’s going to be treated like garbage.

Didi
Didi

Preach Ashleigh!! You are 110% Correct. I’m an Independant and was utterly shocked to see the Democrats behavior before and after the election. They are the ones being hateful, acting in the same way they preach against. This has been a big eye opener regarding who treats people poorly, the Democrats. Bitter Sour Bettys.

Celia
Celia

I will not shed any tears, for Mark, Harry!!

Celia
Celia

You are so witty, so funny Mark. Thing is, President Trump has a potty mouth…all smoke; no roast….and, more importantly he was NOT president, was he? Bill Clinton besmirched the name with his sexual escapades right indide the oval office, with an intern and then some….how low can one go!!
I will not engage in corversation with someone whose hate is so tangible and and who cannot be civil….and, whose name I do not recognize.
Ciao, baby.

Alan
Alan

Any chance for another volume in the DEEP DISH series?

Celia
Celia

Nonchalant

Timmm
Timmm

Go Antonio Go!

Judy
Judy

I agree with you 110%

Matthew
Matthew

Away! Far, far away. Try Russia.

Celia
Celia

Niiice!!

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

LOL Matthew.

I leave it to the voters in his district to decide.

Timmm
Timmm

Ticket for two?

Shay
Shay

Oh boy, here we go again! Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be another bumpy thread!

Celia
Celia

Why can’t people just opine, agree or disagree without insulting those of us who support Trump? It is not a disease. Why must we be kicked around, en masse just because???? Oh, ye of little minds!!!. So there!!
Ciao, Shaybelle.

Shay
Shay

That’s them told, CeeCee! We managed to survive the last administration without coming to these threads and constantly airing our complaints about the previous WH occupant and his policies or insulting his supporters, yet those of us who champion President Trump haven’t been granted that same courtesy by those who voted against him. But then we already know the left doesn’t believe in either decency or fair play…just look at the absolute filth their cohorts Maher and Colbert have recently spouted. It’s totally shameful and disgusting….

Celia
Celia

Stomach

davlestev1
davlestev1

you know why Celia because he sows that type of discord. I would rather have not voted at all if I felt it was a better choice Now that Trump is in office I have to deal with that fact. That he chooses to be boastful and smug I deal with that. That he chooses to tweet insults and offer up a book of empty pages to mock an opposing party..dealing. That he states he sent an armada to North Korea when it was headed the opposite way and not ordered there..dealing. That he ordered bombs dropped while dining at his own establishment with a foreign dignitary over beautiful chocolate cake..dealing..and then FORGOT who he bombed..dealing. That he chooses a friends only cabinet and family members over seasoned politicians..dealing. That he blames everybody and Obama for his stalled promises..dealing. That he respects known dictators..dealing. That he fired the investigator investigating he and his..dealing. That he continually and knowingly let’s his businesses and those of his family members profit from his position..dealing. That he blows off the environment and the terminally ill and born ill and women and races..dealing. He is president for better or worse..but that other shoe is dropping faster and faster..THAT’S why i’m dealing.

davlestev1
davlestev1

And as far as Antonio Sabato jr. is coerned..i’m sure he can see Russia from his backyard too..i.e. Sarah Palin(esque)

davlestev1
davlestev1

concerned

Judy
Judy

We who support Trump dont like you insulting us I take it you dont like that number of jobs is way way up Celia you said best

Celia
Celia

@davlestev1
Ok, dav. I’ll buy that and respect your opinion and others’.
Nonetheless, Mark started the negative response by insulting Trump supporters. Say what you will, my friend….it’s your right, but, as I am trying to point out, all Trump supporters should not take the heat. We are all crucified because we voted for him? That is my point.
Having interacted with you many times, I truly like you, dav, for your fairness. So, all the affronts towards, us, the commoners, the plebeians (Ha), should stop posthaste.
I will accept anything anyone has to say about this administration, keeping an open mind, while stating facts….just not make mince meat out of those of us who do not ‘swing’ left.
Later, dav.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Trump…like a newbie soap character i will give him a chance…i really believe he is for ALL OF US…had Hellery won there would still be those for or against her just as is with Trump…no matter who is elected President there never really was or will be 100% support…Trump like all before him isnt perfect and neither are those who like or dislike him…i think in given time Trump will improve and some opinions will change…i will not argue with posters over politics because not all will see eye to eye just like most of our soap opinions are never 100% in agrreement…its just how things are!!!

su0000
su0000

Hi Ceila! 🙂

Speaking for me.
It’s not about politics it’s about the man..
Go to Youtube.. in the search put—
RNC Speaker: Obama Is A Muslim

To me he just is not right in the head LOL …
Nothing to do with right or left.

dmr
dmr

To davlestev1: Your comment about Palin made me laugh out loud!

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

“But then we already know the left doesn’t believe in either decency or fair play…just look at the absolute filth their cohorts ”

Uninformed name calling and invective says more about the small mind, Shay, of person doing the name calling.

Yeah, chants of Lock her up were all about decency and fair play. 36% approval rating and falling. For the sake of the republicans I like, I hope they cut their losses soon.

MB
MB

Just to update your post davelestev1, the day after firing the FBI Director investigating his campaign for collusion with Russia, he met with the Russian Foreign Minister and Ambassador ,who is a known spy, in the Oval Office and allowed the Russian State TV photographer in to take pictures as the American Press was barred from entering….Dealing…with how Trump is Making America Great Again.

And Sabato has zero chance of winning in that district.

Tristan
Tristan

Trump supporters do, indeed, have every right to their opinions, whether or not I agree with those opinions. However — admitting my age — the emerging parallels with Watergate are disturbing, and I do remember the horror of Watergate. If — and I mean, only, IF and not when — evidence becomes public that Mr. Trump and/or his circle of advisors did indeed collude with a hostile foreign power (Russia), that is akin to treason. If that comes to pass, I do hope our Trump supporters here will reveal themselves not as partisans, but as PATRIOTIC AMERICANS. I personally think — ideology aside — that a less personally flawed vehicle than the current president, such Kasich or Rubio or Macain, would more effectively deliver on the promises that Trump supporters signed on for. But that is just me.

As for Sabato? His candidacy is silly and his RNC speech was bombastic. But I said the same thing about silliness when a certain actor ran for president. That president represented Sabato’s state, as did “Gopher” (from “The Love Boat”) and Sonny Bono. On the other side of the aisle, I was also skeptical about a certain comedian running for the Senate from my home state. I am quite pleased with him now that he is in office.

I do not want to insult our friends here who are Trump supporters, as insults make productive dialogue impossible. But I hope they will not allow any kind of blind political allegiance to one man to “trump” their primary allegiance, which should be to the United States, and not any one politician. If this administration is proven to have in any way colluded with a hostile foreign power to disrupt our democratic electoral process, I hope this administration’s partisans put COUNTRY first.

I like Valentin and Anna, for what it is worth.

Shay
Shay

Um, exactly what was uninformed and name-calling? I was referring to the utterly revolting remarks made by both Bill Maher and Stephen Colbert regarding our president and his eldest daughter…they were absolutely sick by any standard and should have been widely condemned by those with even a modicum of propriety, regardless of political party preference. And yet, I have yet to hear a peep of disapproval from any prominent Democrat….now THAT speaks of not only small minds, but a total lack of fairness and basic decency! If those same disgusting things had been said about one of your leaders and their child, your side would have gone ballistic and everyone knows it!

k/kay
k/kay

Darlings we will implode the hatred and the off the charts craziness will be the undoing of this country! But as we speak saddling up for a nite ride! God the sunset is wonderful god is with us all and life is grand! Everybody take a deep breath and smell the roses kiss your family your friends and just be with love

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

Shay, you took two people and made them the entirety of “the left’. You don’t find that an extreme characterization? Everyone who disagrees with our Dear Supreme Leader is a cancer on the body politic? (Frankly, can anyone be surprised the Bill Maher made a tasteless joke after a lifetime of doing just that. Oh, the handwringing horror and shock.)

Btw, I consider myself a centrist and I’m a political independent. You know, one of the folks each party has to win over to get my vote. There’s no walking back the fact that the Kremlin had a preferred candidate for the US Presidency and worked overtime to ensure their favorable outcome.

So, yeah, I’m not thrilled with a Kremlin sock-puppet in the Oval Office. And it has nothing to do with his kids.

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

Excellent Tomas!!!! You are correct. “All 17 agencies in the U.S. intelligence community recently reaffirmed its conclusion that senior officials in Russia were behind hacks during the 2016 presidential campaign into the Democratic National Committee and emails belonging to associates of HRC.”

“Kremlin sockpuppet” and corruption is right!

MB
MB

Since so much is always happening,need to update your post again davelestev1.
While discussing the job security of the FBI Director, asking him if he’s the subject of an investigation, basically engaging in bribery/extortion. In the same conversation, asking the FBI Director to pledge his loyalty, committing obstruction of Justice…dealing.

Michael
Michael

Oh dear God.

Aria
Aria

God help California!

jaybird369
jaybird369

E-X-A-C-T-L-Y!!!!!

PF
PF

If nothing else, this should be good for a lot of laughs. At least he won’t be (AHEM) “acting” anymore. Seriously though, how could someone so unqualified and unfit for public office think he has a snowball’s chance…oh, wait. Nevermind.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hahahaha…Yep.

jaybird369
jaybird369

PF…good one…lol. Y-e-p.

toscanti
toscanti

This is the beauty of a democracy. Good luck!

Shay
Shay

Exactly, Toscanti! Antonio is a perfect poster boy for both legally immigrating to this country and achieving the “American Dream,” which are beliefs that Republicans wholeheartedly applaud! It would do them well to have him as one of the faces of the modern-day party. I wish him luck….and victory!

Celia
Celia

Best answer. Thank you, toscanti. Thank you for defining the true meaning of democracy……that upon which this beautiful nation is borne.
Did Arnold have any experirnce in government when he was elected governor? What did he do? Play footsie with the maid, and Lord only knows, who else , right under his wife’s nose and in her bed!!!! Niiice!!!!

Shay
Shay

Tell me about it, CeeCeeGirl!…Ahhhhnold had more in common with his wife’s famous family than anyone ever guessed…LOL! Plus, he couldn’t bring decent ratings to “Celebrity Apprentice” to save his life!!!! No wonder he was “terminated!”

k/kay
k/kay

Darlings he has every woman who has a pulse saying Drop your Linen and keep on Grinning”

dmr
dmr

Celia, Arnold and the maid “playing footsie,” made me laugh! SO true!

Shay
Shay

@CeeCee….Great comments,,,definitely en pointe….as Sgt. Joe Friday said, the facts ma’am, just the facts! Not only are you oh so right about the liberal hypocrisy on so many of the aforementioned issues, but the class envy angle which they and their followers ooze in spades, despite being some of the least personally generous individuals on earth, at least when it comes to parting with their own money. Now, doling out the taxpayers’ largesse is quite another thing altogether!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Thankfully, Shay’s is not the majority view in our country. Not only do more than half the country NOT support Trump,, a growing share of Americans believe that the federal government has a responsibility to make sure ALL Americans have health care coverage, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Thankfully,even though it’s hard to see…there are more thinking, caring Americans than not. Unfortunately, it’s an uphill battle. And the minority, who care nothing for the people in need…are currently the ones making decisions. Repeat…It’s a nightmare.

Kay
Kay

I’ve seen a few fellow soap actors on twitter already laughing about this.

Shay
Shay

You mean the “usual suspects,” k/kay????

Celia
Celia

Hey, Shaybelle,
As I said, I am not too familiar with Antonio–except for his ‘endowments’ in his Calvin Kleins—oh, yeah!!!!
To your excellent point; I do believe su is an immigrant, and she should identify with that—-right, su? Love you, SuzieQ…..
I was a little confused with her other comment, as I am not sure if she is speaking of Sabato or the president.
Also, I wish some willy-nilly comments were ‘contained’; know the facts before uttering them. Trump was praised for his ‘demolition’ in Syria, …..wait for it!!!! By whom?? The democrats…..justly so. It had to be done. Isis was crippled, yet still creating havoc….
I do believe there is a lot of resentment and envy going on. Those who have money and so much to spare are not evil. They do give back and contribute to society and help the needy with numerous charities. I don’t see Hollywood doing too much ….only a few. And, I see it first-hand.
By the same token, the Clintons left the WH broke ( out of Hillary’s own mouth), and within a short span of time became millionaires by hob-nobbing with the enemy, namely Putin……
And, creating a fake foundation, where Haiti only received 9% of the revenues collected from Hurricane Sandy.
To add insult to injury, Obama and Hillary empowered Iran with “the deal”, where Iran is perfecting a mind-shatteing, body-exploding missile the world has yet to see–never mind NK.

k/kay
k/kay

I am sure he is in deep trauma and on life support over what they said!

Celia
Celia

Well, Kay, my friend…that’s all they can do; have been doing; making us all, as Americans, look like idiots to the rest of the world. So, laugh, laugh, laugh.
They will not have the last laugh; “while my guitar gently weeps” for our country. This separation….this invisible line can only hurt us, in the long-run. For what? To prove a point? Because they can’t stand Trump? To cut off the nose to spite the face? Makes no sense. As long as the country is run like a well-oiled machine, I do not care who sits on the throne, scepter in hand; intact for the next rite of passage.
Who are these people hurting? Themselves, and all of us, as they cannot see the forest for the trees.

davlestev1
davlestev1

Celia do you not watch his daily antics? Sure refining or country is a daunting job..but this man had leadership and general political knowledge all wrong. He still can’t even believe he’s in office. In the ride garden tool all America he says can you believe it. Can you believe it I’m the president. He stated he’d rather be doing anything else but be. This is hard. Yeah. Because it’s the oval office…not a boardroom. You can’t ignore his ineptitude. I can’t.

davlestev1
davlestev1

Leading our country not refining

davlestev1
davlestev1

In the rose garden. See I can’t ignore my typing error.

dmr
dmr

Nancy Lee Grahn?

rebecca1
rebecca1

I hope so! Nancy echos what many of us feel regarding this insane political climate. Nice knowing that the actress who plays one of my favorite characters is so Evolved and INvolved.

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

Well said @dmr and @rebecca1! Being on the West Coast and 3 hours behind, I am now afraid to go to bed at night and see what new fiasco orangeface has concocted overnight. He has made us the laughing stock.

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

k/kay – I see you have such a high standards for men, and this also explains your voting record. Antonio is only 45 but also on his 3rd marriage. He has 3kids from 3 different women – one NOT from a wife. At least he doesn’t have 5 kids from 3 women? Sounds like a great guy!

Lew S.
Lew S.

NO COMMENT

JK
JK

THE SAD PART IS…IN CALIFORNIA ONLY BLEEDING HEART LIBERALS GET ELECTED…..HE DOESNT STAND A CHANCE IN MY STATE. HE IS A BRAV E SOUL TO TRY.

Ashleigh
Ashleigh

Amen to that, UK. Bravo to him for standing up in such a hostile environment.

su0000
su0000

0ooh dear lord..
the man is a radical- he is not right in the head.

God Save America !

Celia
Celia

See, now? I appreciate that, su. That is your opinion. I cannot comment on Antonio because I have no clue who he is or what his ideals; sentiments are.
I like your answer because you did not make a general statement insulting all Trump supporters collectively. That’s the way it should be.

Shay
Shay

Very true, CeeCee, but I would love for su to enlighten us as to how Antonio is “not right in the head.” He seems to believe that people who come to this country should follow the same legal procedures that he did in order to obtain his U.S. citizenship….that sounds pretty darn sane to me! As for being “radical,” I have no idea in what capacity she is referring…..

Judy
Judy

It not funny he would make a good congresmen again Celia you said it best God bless you

Timmm
Timmm

You dont want God to step in, trust me!

Judy
Judy

Y es we do Trump won becase people like me prayed night day and night for him to win

davlestev1
davlestev1

MIC DROP. THANK YOU TIMMM

davlestev1
davlestev1

And to Judy even the demons know the scriptures and tremble. And in no way am I calling you a demon AT ALL…please don’t misconstrue. All I’m saying is there are two factors ALWAYS at work on this earth good and evil. Don’t throw God’s hand into every action that is a common mistake.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I’m with you, su! Surely “that man” who has APPOINTED himself God is not about saving us; he’s too busy “saving” all his own “business” interests.
DON’T TREAD ON ME!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Rather on point, Nancy. But he’s not “saving” his interests…he’s expanding them via his new Washington hotels conveniently placed so that visiting dignitaries can stay there…his daughter got a boost in China to sell her line…while he’s pocketing more money he’s bleeding citizens dry in Florida and New York to pay for his wife’s NY security (can you blame her for not wanting to live with him???) and his constant back n’ forth to Florida. There’s not a single thing he criticized President Obama for that he hasn’t done a million times over. To add insult to injury he’s a billionairre and WE’RE paying for his indulgences. Unreal times…

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

Well said – Nancy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You Go Girl!!!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I echo your sentiments, su.

JasonLovesGH
JasonLovesGH

He has no chance of winning that race. But I’d be quite content just looking at him in his Calvin Klein underwear dancing on the sand of the beach like he did in Janet Jackson’s 90s video. 🙂

Celia
Celia

Good one, Jason. LOL……we needed that, thanks!

k/kay
k/kay

Oh baby Mr. Gorgeous goes to Washington! Darling I have still got my cowboy boots on let’s kick up some trouble!

Shay
Shay

Antonio might as well “Go to Washington,” because I think we can safely assume he shall not be receiving an invite to the GH NB!

k/kay
k/kay

Love that guy what a handsome devil now let’s move on you crazies out there we are having sooo much fun watching you implode

k/kay
k/kay

Facts this wall everybody is crying about was approved ten years ago so all the crying and moaning is for not try pulling your heads out Trump campaigned on wanting to build the wall that had been passed by Congress ten years ago! I guarantee you if congress or hollywoods jobs were threatened by illegals they would all be there with a shovel ! So please stop the madness he is not doing anything but wanting to finish the job that was passed years ago! As for San Francisco Bill Clinton passed the law in 1996 no sanctuary city please do research quit screaming mindless stuff ok

Judy
Judy

wow you said

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Let’s build a wall around him! LOL

rebecca1
rebecca1

Touche, Nancy!

Shay
Shay

Amen to that, k/kay! By the way, was “B1 Bob” your congressman at one time? Loved that guy….still miss him!

k/kay
k/kay

No they have asked me to run in my home state said no don’t want to take the pay cut

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

@K/Kay – do you work at McDonald’s or DairyQueen that your job is being taken by immigrants? BTW -Look it up, but the majority of immigrants are flying in. The wall won’t help you.

Thad Bosley
Thad Bosley

I had occasion to work with Sabato back in the 90’s. He is DUMB AS BRICKS. Really. Serially dumb. One of the most brainless, dense individuals I have ever encountered.

Shay
Shay

Maybe he was just so bowled over by your own obviously superior intellect, Thad Bosley, that you left him speechless!

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

My Greek-American husband, who is better looking than Antonio (sorry but now I sound like Celia :)), was trying to be nice but basically said the samething as Thad after hearing his DNC speech for which he had time to prepare for.

I can’t imagine what comes out of his mouth – ad-hoc when he doesn’t prepare????

My apologies in advance to anyone I may have offended!

jaybird369
jaybird369

Hey Thad…very good analysis…lol. Any-hoo, to this day, Sabato (acting-wise and personality-wise) makes me wanna G-A-G!!!!! BEYOND B-L-E-C-H!!!!!

Later, dude.

blake
blake

Good for Antonio! I wish him well!

Dan
Dan

Wish I lived in California, so I could not vote for him.

rebecca1
rebecca1

excellent! LOL!

k/kay
k/kay

maxine waters nancy pelosi barbara boxer Feinstein governor moonbeam yep I sure as hell wish I lived in California! Those brain thrusts wow

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

K/Kay – California, along with NY and Massachusets, has one of the most educated electorates in the US. Along with our trillion dollar economy, we are doing just fine without you. 🙂 PLEASE go to another state!!

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

I wanted to add that Californians usually vote against their own self-interests (e.g. taxes) for the greater good of our beloved country.

jaybird369
jaybird369

Dan…I’m from California (Oakland, originally)…and I’ve lived in Louisiana for more than half my life…and I STILL WOULDN’T vote for that ANNOYING CHEESEHEAD Sabato!!!!! NO WAY IN HELL!!!!!

Later, dude.

mike
mike

After seeing a few interviews with Antonio during the campaign my money is on the democrat no mater who they are.

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

@Mike – sorry but I am late to the party – see my comments above.

I completely agree with you.

Scott
Scott

He’d have my vote if I lived there, which will NEVER happen, unless that state gets its act together. I’m more interested in the secession movement and finding out when the rest of us can live in peace without the state that thumbs its nose at the rest of the USA and disrespects our President so openly. Just remember the military bases, your water and energy sources and our seaports stay with the USA. The wall will go up at Primm. Will it be worth it, forsaking your own to join Mexico? Shame to those who stand with illegals and terrorists as you burn our flag. Hopefully, people there will wake up and stop electing violent radical leftists. If not, don’t expect the rest of us to fight you on your secession. Just remember, you keep the land blanketed by smog; we keep the rest.

Celia
Celia

Besutifully said, Scott.

Brian
Brian

California will secede when Texas secedes. and forms its own alt right, tin foil hat wearing, Confederate flag flying, stuck in the 1950s country, like it was threatening to do when Obama was President.

Trump lost the popular vote by almost 3 million votes, so I’m not sure what this “rest of the country” is that you’re referring to.

Judy
Judy

I could of said it better

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

@Scott – California has the 6th largest economy in the WORLD according to the World Bank’s rankings. Look it up!

“U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reported last month that California’s GDP was $2.5 trillion in 2015, up 4.1 percent from a year earlier. California saw more economic growth than the United States as a whole, which was up 2.4 percent.
Only five countries produced more last year than California: the U.S., China, Japan, Germany and United Kingdom.”

CA has Camp Pendelton (Largest marine base on the West Coast plus North Island (San Diego Navy, Edwards Air Force -Riverside, Travis Air Force Base SF, etc).
CA feeds a large majority of the WORLD.
CA Central Valley – has Silicon Valley

We could easily succeede (unlike Texas) and include Washington State and Oregon who are very like minded to us, with no issues. Good luck without us!!!

“Whatever you do to one of my least brothers, you do unto me” Matt 25:40-45

rebecca1
rebecca1

“disrespects the President?” you mean the man who calls others fat pigs, liars, cowards, losers and likes to grab em by the pu–y? Now THAT’s respect!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

California…I guess he plans to “Fix It and Finish It.”

Shay
Shay

I don’t think anyone can “fix” California….it’s already “finished!” Has been for quite a few years now with its nearly one-party rule.

rebecca1
rebecca1

wow! 🙂 clever!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Just to clarify…my “wow, clever” was to 4ever DAYS.

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

I don’t think Antonio has an undergraduate degree?? Fix what? How???

rebecca1
rebecca1

He has that TV show “Fix It and Finish It” where he and his crew go in and fix/renovate houses. If I interpreted 4ever Days correctly just playing on words…sardonic little twist…and if that was the dig I thought it was I appreciated it. (Apologies if you already knew this and I interpreted your comment…or 4ever’s…incorrectly.)

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

Thanks, rebecca! I had no idea! 🙂 Now I get it! LOL

Patrick
Patrick

thee – only – thing that keeps Antonio Sabato, Jr. “afloat” ( his star has crashed)

he was once married to the lovely and sensual Virginia Madsen. ooh la la – YES

outside of this : the firing of FBI director ; James Comey

the fact that Trump is firing and delaying the FBI from investigating any and all ties with Russia… be it the election and any personal relationship with Trump business ties

it staggers me.. that Trump and his hired cronies… are disassembling what our founding fathers stood for, along with EVERY OTHER president , outside of Trump

saw on MSNBC that at least it was said… that NIXON didn’t fire HIS FBI director @during his tenure

I want more town hall MEET’ing of the mind

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Say it again, Patrick!

rose
rose

I wish Trump was a soap character and not real life. He actually makes Victor look like a choir boy.

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

Good one Rose!

davlestev1
davlestev1

IMPEACH THE ORANGE. SQUEEZE THE CALIFORNIA NAVEL JUICE OUT OF HIM INDEPENDENT COMMISSION!!!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yes, an independent commission or prosecutor is a must in this time of constitutional crisis.

Patrick
Patrick

the FBI has always been an independent ways and means of due process ?

this is such an obvious blow to all Americans who are on the losing end of any justice

Trump has adamantly shown himself to be about power and control

Patrick
Patrick

taken from a facebook excerpt ( act.tv )

Without, as the Constitution mandates, the “equal protection of the law,” we don’t really have a government and our democracy is crippled. What we have instead is an authoritarian regime run by a few men for the personal and political benefit of one man, President Trump.

Americans are witnessing a slow-motion coup
Rule of law be damned, President Trump was mad as hell and casting around looking for a reason to fire James Comey

“disturbing”

rose
rose

Patrick…To go along in spirit with your facebook excerpt, I was listening to Anderson Cooper the other night. He was getting reaction from a retired General, Karl Berstein of “All the Proesident’s Men,” and David Axelrod. The General had a sobering observation, something like, the veil between a democracy and third world dictatorships can be very thin, and that we are really testing it right now. Democracy has to be worked at, and never taken for granted.

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

Thanks you Patrick!!!! Well said and welcome back! We missed you!

Dan
Dan

Well said, Patrick! Couldn’t agree more.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Great post, Patrick. By the way, I didn’t know Sabato had been married to Virginia Madsen…odd couple! Wonderful actress!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Virginia Madsen was really good in a lovely written movie entitled The Magic of Belle Isle–with Morgan Freeman–I watched it twice. Enjoyed it just as much the second time. Did you happen to see that one? Well worth one’s time.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hi Nancy… Never heard of the film. I’ll see if I can find it. Thanks for the recommendation!

Celia
Celia

Hey, Patrick,
I always read your comments with pleasure, my poet.
However, I do not think that the removal of Comey delays or impedes any investigation….it will go on, regardless, full force.
If you remember, the democrats had asked for Comey’s removal in July and then again in October. The guy had it coming.
I, personally, did not like what he did at the eleventh hour of the election. I did not think that was fair to Hillary; and, I , also, think Comey ‘knighted’ himself with absolute power. It was not fair to her, and I truly felt badly for her, as I would for anyone in that situation. I have no personal animus, nor am I vengeful.
I doubt the president, though, has the power to stop ANY investigation.
Later.

Andy G.
Andy G.

This is proof positive that underwear models were meant to be seen and not heard.

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

Indeed Andy! LOL

rebecca1
rebecca1

Haha! Best use of that expression!

Ray
Ray

This thread has more drama than “DOOL” has carved out in a month. 🙂

dmr
dmr

Reading the comments posted above, and it saddens me, how the world is at such a divide. To be honest, I voted for Trump, and not because I am a racist, or because I am xenophobic, and not because I 100% agree with everything that he says, does, or tweets. I voted for him because I believe that some change is needed in regards to four important topics: illegal immigration (not to be confused with legal immigration), health care, the tax code/system, and deregulation (among others). I am a Banker, at a small community Bank, not a Bank of America, or a “stock” bank, and lessening the regulation loopholes for smaller Banks would help make our jobs a little easier.
Now, can’t we all just agree to disagree, and talk about what is really important, and fight for what is really important: our opinions and thoughts about our favorite characters, the storylines they are involved in, on our favorite daytime/lunchtime TV?

Shay
Shay

Very well-put, dmr. Your concerns basically echo those of just about everyone I know who also supported President Trump….intelligent, well-informed professionals who certainly don’t deserve the opposition’s slanderous labeling as irredeemable reprobates who belong to their so-called “basket of deplorables!” Just for that egregiously condescending characterization espoused by their candidate alone, the left earned their richly-deserved defeat!

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

Sorry, you were fooled by the SnakeOil Salesman – dmr! He has filled his swamp more so than any past US President in history. GLDMNSCHS

His first born daughter is a white house employee now, so she can be crtiqued just like any other government official.

“This white house has contempt for the rule of law.” David Gergen (served Reagan, Ford and Clinton)

You need to have courage and put our beloved country above your party.

PS. I always enjoy your soap comments.

rose
rose

dmr… It was much easier and fun to compare opinions and thoughts with others on MF before politics got involved. So I am commenting less. Especially with others who have supported, and still do, the behavior, words, and actions of campaigner and now president Trump. Certainly not our country’s finest moments as a democracy. And getting scarier by the day. And I have to think not a way to run a bank such as yours. And examples which would have gotten some negative comments on MF if character/s had acted the way he has.

rebecca1
rebecca1

No; it wasn’t easier, Rose. You just stayed away from the conflict. There is nothing new here…

Celia
Celia

TY, dmr. So depressing. Such a monumental job and so stressful. I remember President Obama’s hair turning grey almost immediately after taking office.
I just wish the focus would be on what’s really important. Safety, jobs, the economy, the future of our children….and, of course, our soaps…LOL, well said, my friend.

k/kay
k/kay

Nine trillion in debt when that loser left

toscanti
toscanti

I’m out until this can become a soap opera site again. Very disappointed in the disrespect people have for one another and their RIGHT to choose.

su0000
su0000

hi toscanti ..
I had a laugh or two reading this thread..
No one is disrespecting another or taking anyones right to choose from them thay are in heated opinions.

Ahhh gotta love the 1st admedment !!
——– This thread is America !!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Well said, su!

rose
rose

I’m with you on this, su. Let everyone say what they want. Just find it amusing???, and incredibly frustrating that some who cry foul the most because they feel they are being “picked” on are just the same ones who dump on others and characters in much the way their “boss” in DC has in the campaign and continues to do so. Thin skinned anyone?

Or end their comments with a religious phrase, while supporting what I would call positions that some like might call ungenerous, at least to what I was brought up to believe in.

Or allow Trump to be”potty mouth” in his campaign “resume” for the biggest job in the US. And say things about women, but still hang on to what Clinton did with Monica as a reason for not liking Hillary. And I really dislike what he did…I watched him as he lied to all of us on national tv that he had had no “carnal” relations with her. But Trump’s not much better in this regard, and revealed itself during his recent campaign, not iin the past as with Clinton.

Or some think everyone in Hollywood or the entertainment industry aren’t smart enough to read or understand anything beyond a script. Or be generous. Fct check anyone? Or just a broad bias. They just have a different way of reaching an larger audience because of their name regognition, similar in a way that DT who also uses his pulpit and tweet to do the same. Fact check anyone???

FYI…I just saw Antonio in a sci-fi movie in which he was the liberal disagreeing with the conservative general and military on how to solve a catastrophic problem. Guess you can cross lines for a part in a film, and in this case he won.

Newmanwins
Newmanwins

This won’t be a soap opera site into the future if TRUMP’s TRASH keeps interrupting our soap operas all the time.

General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Lucas Gives Wiley To Michael; While Willow Learns the Devastating Truth

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, brought the highly-emotional moments viewers had been waiting for all-week long; following the year and a half reveal that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Brad (Parry Shen) engineered a baby switch with Willow’s (Katelyn MacMullen) dead baby, Wiley being passed off as Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s newborn, Jonah, and Jonah being raised by Brad and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) as Wiley.  Now with the truth out, it was time for two of the heaviest beats of the story to be played out.

When Willow comes to at the hospital with Chase (Josh Swickard) by her side, needless to say she is dazed and freaking out that Nelle took Wiley.  Chase tells her he has some things to tell her and it’s not going to be easy to hear. Willow braces herself and then Chase tells her the story of the baby switch and how her baby died a SIDS death while at Brad and Lucas’ and then how the babies were switched.

Photo: ABC

In a heartbreaking and powerful performance from Katelyn MacMullen (yes, she is our pick for “Power Performance of the Week”), Willow struggles to come to grips with the truth and starts to realize all of Brad’s machinations, as she thinks back to herself how could she do that to her son … to trust him with Brad, only to have the little infant die.  The devastation played by MacMullen, whose Willow, now must realize her baby never lived the full and happy young life she thought, was gut-wrenching.

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Meanwhile, in yet another top-notch performance, William deVry (Julian) showed the pain and the need to unburden himself as Julian talks to his sister. Ava (Maura West) and spills what happened.   He goes so far to admit to Ava that he knew what Brad had done. Ava cannot believe he did not go to Sonny (Maurice Benard) right away with this Intel, but Julian just could not do this to his son, Lucas and rip the baby from his arms.  Julian says he will face-off with Sonny and not leave town, if it comes to that.   Ava says they have to come up with a way to silence Brad … before Brad gives up Julian’s part in the whole baby cover-up.

Photo: JPI

And in yet another masterful performance, we have to give it up to Chloe Lanier.  Who can play Nelle and spin stories and the tears so well, that if you did not know this pathological liar you would think she is telling the truth. When in opposing holding cells at the PCPD, Nelle lays it on about Brad so that the guard can hear them. She blames Brad for being the instigator in the baby switch and taking advantage of her – a distraught new mother, confused and dazed on the route where the baby switch happened.  It works! Brad is moved to a different cell and thinks look very grim for him.  Nelle smiles through her crocodile tears!

Photo: JPI

Then, in what we all knew had to happen, and even so, was still as heartbreaking as ever; Lucas spends his final moments with Wiley as his father in the kitchen at the Corinthos’ along with Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) and Carly (Laura Wright).  Lucas starts to tell his mother and sister, all the things Wiley needs and likes, such as having a story read to him.  All of this brings the tears as they know Lucas has to give the child back to Michael; who has been robbed of a year and half as the baby’s rightful father.

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Michael tells Lucas they will work this out, so Lucas remains a constant in Wiley’s life. He also tells Sonny and Sasha (Sofia Matteson) he feels so badly for Lucas, but they tell him to be happy for this chance to have the son he grieved for.   In the end, a tear-filled Lucas hands Wiley to Michael as everyone watches on in sadness for one father … and joy for the other.  Ryan Carnes was poignant in the scenes; as was Chad Duell.

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So, what did you think of the performances from Friday’s GH featuring Katelyn, Ryan, Chad, William, Chloe and Parry? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Michael Blasts Brad As The Truth About Wiley Comes Out

FINALLY! On Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, Lucas (Ryan Carnes) memory is jogged just enough that he clearly remembers Brad’s (Parry Shen) shocking words before their car crash; where Brad confessed that Wiley was Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Michael’s (Chad Duell) biological son.

At the Corinthos home, Lucas stands up and announces to Michael that Wiley is actually his believed to be dead son, Jonah. Carly’s (Laura Wright) mouth drops and then she takes over getting to the root of the truth of the baby switch.

Brad is cornered and left with no choice but to fess up. He explains how Wiley died when he was no longer breathing, and how he was driving with him, when he ended up on the route where Nelle left Michael to die in the car he was driving (Michael recalls this bit of Intel in a flashback).

Then, Brad explains how Nelle appeared with her newborn baby and claimed the whole thing was engineered by Nelle …  and how he was so upset and panicked, that he went along with her plan.

Michael lets Brad have it for all of his lies and machinations, and the pain it has inflicted on so many people for over a year and half.  How on earth could he do that? Carly also lays into him.

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Meanwhile, Sasha (Sofia Matteson) has urgently called Chase (Josh Swickard), who leaves “Wiley” and Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) behind, and heads to the Corinthos’ where he hears the whole sad truth about the baby switch.

With Chase gone, Nelle goes looking for “Wiley” who is with Willow, and the two get into a major throwdown catfight.  Nelle comes out the victor and goes to get her baby ready to leave town with her son.

So, what did you think of how the truth finally came out?  What did you think of Michael’s tirade on Brad? What do you think will happen next? Comment below.

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General Hospital

GH’s James Patrick Stuart Talks on Valentin’s Downfall and Potential Rise to Power

After all his bravado, machinations and lies to keep the woman he loves, and believing he was the rightful heir to the Cassadine fortune, suddenly it all came crashing down for Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) on recent episodes of General Hospital.

Payback can be a bitch, but for Valentin; who’s past has been fraught with numerous physical and emotional tribulations since his childhood, he now finds himself at the lowest point in his life; losing Nina (Cynthia Watros) who’s now taken up with Jax (Ingo Rademacher), realizing he is the biological son of the evil Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers), and not Mikkos, and having all his best laid plans and misdeeds backfire.  (Remember, he shot and “killed” Nikolas, and set up the ruse that led Sasha to pretend she was Nina’s bio-daughter.)  Now, enter Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), who could very well hold the ticket, to Valentin’s rise to wealth and power all over again.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with James Patrick Stuart to get the lowdown on: those heavy and emotional scenes opposite Constance Towers, working with Cynthia Watros as his newest Nina, if Valentin might really kill Jax the next time he thinks about it, and what about a potential relationship between Anna (Finola Hughes) and Valentin?

Not many can play bad as good as James in this industry.  He does it so effortlessly and still brings out the humanity in the guy that has t-r-o-u-b-l-e written all over him.  Here’s what James had to share about all of Valentin’s recent dramatic moments, a tease of what’s to come, and much more.

Photo: JPI

Valentin’s world has imploded at the moment.  When did you initially find out that he was going to turn out to not be a true Cassadine heir?

JAMES:  Well, there were some clues dropped by Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) back when we did the gallery auction where Helena’s portrait went up in flames.  Frank looked at me and goes, “Hey, Jack Nicholson it up.  Have some fun!  You’re not going to be feeling pretty good for a while.”  (Laughs)  I’m like, “Oh … what are the plans?”  He pulled me aside and goes, “Yeah, you’re going to lose Nina, but you’re going to try to take over ELQ.  That’s when I started to go, “Wait a minute!  That sounds to me like Valentin’s losing his money.”  (Laughs)  With the character of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) coming back; it’s pretty great.  I think the writing was on the wall there.  I put it out on twitter the other day.  I said, “Look what they’ve done to my boy.”  Somebody chimed in, “They gave him a storyline!” (Laughs)

Who doesn’t love to see you, James Patrick Stuart, play tortured soul?  They audience loves to see you get the opportunity to go to those depths in your performances.

JAMES:  It’s been really interesting for me.  I’ve had a lifetime of playing bad guys because the line was always shorter. (Laughs)  Everybody wants to be Tom Cruise, but the Alan Rickman’s of it all, to me, were what was so interesting.  Early on, you play one dimensional kind of twisting of the mustache, tying a woman to the train tracks.  After a while, you start to watch the truly great actors.  They start to take you on a ride.  If you’re paying attention, you start to feel what it would be like to be that damaged, and that’s why you do it.  Then you start to see the vulnerability. To me, I thought, “This is a great time in my life because I’m ready to do that.” A lot of people say, “I don’t understand.  I feel like that makes no sense. because why would I root for a person who behaves like this?” and that to me, I feel is the greatest compliment of all.

So much happened recently to Valentin in one fell swoop; he overhears Nina telling Ava (Maura West) she kissed Jax, then he envisions shooting Jax and then he is drinking himself into oblivion and he gets a “visit” from Helena!  But … the scenes between Valentin and Helena really summed up the bitter truth for him, wouldn’t you say?

JAMES:  Yes.  In the “Helena” scenes, it all basically is revealed.  It all comes down in a moment where he “sees” her.  I think he realizes with the DNA test; he’s not the person he thought he was, but he certainly had no idea that he had her blood in his veins.  The truly tragic moment of the evening is when it dawns on him that he has a daughter with Helena’s blood in her veins.  Now, he would kill her a thousand times over in that moment.  He can’t do it.  He’s fighting phantoms.  That’s the bottom below the bottom, and things got worse than he ever thought they would get.

Courtesy/ABC

Does Valentin have any idea then, who his biological father could be?

JAMES:  I don’t think so.  I don’t believe so.  I know I don’t.  I think once he realizes that Helena is in fact the mother, I think he’d rather just go into oblivion.  I think at that point, he’s out of answers.  Enter Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) …which is wonderful because I think the world of Nancy, and she saves the day.   Alexis basically talks him out of hurting himself, telling him to count his blessings that he is not a Cassadine, etc, which was a really sweet moment.

I assume, when you have this kind of material to play, it must be exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time?

JAMES:  I think that’s exactly right.  As an actor, I think you want to do this stuff.  Maura West and I compare notes all the time.  I think it can be kind of emotionally draining.  You do feel it, and I felt it when I had spent a lot of time with Nina and Valentin, and when the actresses changed, and we brought Cynthia Watros in.  I worked twice as hard to make sure that Cynthia’s landing was as easy as possible, and I really grew attached to the Nina and Valentin connection.  So, when Jax steps in, Cynthia’s love life means nothing to me, I don’t care about that, but Nina’s love life means a lot to me!  And it bums me out, and I don’t know that I’ll actually be watching any future love scenes between them as much as I love them both!  I have a deep attachment to the Valentin connection to Nina.  So, the lines get burred because we just play these characters so long.

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JAMES:  In real life, Constance is such a sweetheart, and she’s so grateful to be there.  She was so ready to work, and rehearse, and play, and find the stuff, and she was great.  I’d been in scenes with her before.  Last time, we didn’t really talk to each other.  I was with the hump.  I was being Valentin pre-surgery.  It was some sort of moment in a graveyard, but this time we actually got to interact with each other.

You look at Valentin, and he’s not had the greatest life.  Do you bring his entire back-story into your performance; such as when he was deformed with the hump and how he had to literally reconstruct his life both in the physical and in emotional ways for many years?

JAMES:  Absolutely.  It’s the brokenness that he’s making choices from.  He was never truly and authentic person to begin with which is why his love fell apart.  He’s always been faking.  He’s always been putting on a show.  That’s not sustainable in matters of the heart.  It was unbelievably easy for Jax to swoop in, because it was inevitable that things were going to fall apart.  Of course, that anger and that brokenness were what lead him to want to kill Jax.  There’s no question.  He was prepared to do that.  If you look in the eyes in the fantasy sequence in the shooting, he just wanted to watch him die.  He wanted to watch the light go out in Jax’s eyes.  He was so furious … and even more tragic is … that was all he could think of, and somehow, he realized in that moment that wouldn’t work, because he’d lose his daughter.

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Anna and Finn (Michael Easton) just kind of busted up.  Do you think Anna and Valentin will hookup? There is a connection and a history between the two of them whenever they seem to be in proximity of one another.

JAMES:  Personally, I’m waiting for that.  I hope so!  There is a finesse and elegance to that woman, and not only that, there is an effortless to the connection between Valentin and Anna, if one can say that about one’s own coupling.  I love to look at it!  I think we go together like a wink and a smile.  I just find that chemistry really great.  I think that’s mostly Finola, though.  She can probably have chemistry with most anything.

Valentin was going to leave Port Charles with Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez), after Nikolas revealed all and the fallout began.  Interestingly enough, it was Anna who came to Valentin’s side and tried to talk him down from fleeing with his daughter and showed such compassion for him!

JAMES:  Wasn’t that great?  She was the one who got him.  She was the one who was able to calm the beast.  There was no one else he would have listened to.  In the moment in the police station, after Charlotte had been kidnapped, and there is that moment where Anna has that bruise, I thought it was such a tender moment.  I just said, “If I kiss my finger and touch your wound?” and she’s like, “Do it.”  It was just this moment where we had been bitter rivals and enemies for so long, but he just adores her so much it’s undeniable that he sees her wounded and wants to make it better.  It’s floating out there waiting to be done.  I know that everybody knows it.  It’s just a matter of what the right away to go about in the writing would be.

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So, you’ve worked opposite two acting dynamos in the role of Nina – Michelle Stafford and now, Cynthia Watros.  Was the transition difficult for you when Cynthia came to GH?

JAMES:  It wasn’t.  It was scary because Michelle Stafford wasn’t just one in a million, I mean, she is one of a kind.  The last thing in the world that I would ever want to consider doing myself was recast that actress.  So, my deal was (and I’ve said this to Cynthia) I said, “I have no control over this.  All I can do is make the landing as easy as possible for Cynthia.”  We did a lot of photoshoots together, and I had flowers waiting for her, and I did everything possible to make sure that she knew that she had a friend and that she had somebody that was going to make it as easy as possible.  It was rough because a lot of the trolls on social media were just awful to her… just brutal, and she goes, “I have thick skin.  I can take it,” and then a week later, she goes, “I’ve closed all my social media accounts!”  (Laughs)  It’s been fun to watch those guys turn around and go, “You have a really special person.”  That wedding stuff was just incredible!  She came so prepared and she knocked it out of the park.  Cynthia has been wonderful.  I love them both.  I love her the reddest, and I love Michelle the bluest, and together I love them the purplest.  (Laughs)

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It’s interesting that all the women in his life such as Anna and Nina, all have a soft-spot for Valentin; even though they don’t necessarily want to be with him.  These ladies are just drawn to this dysfunctional guy.

JAMES:  Don’t you think?  Is it that you want to help him, you want to fix him, you see the potential, you want to help him despite himself?  I think that’s what it is.

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Do you think Valentin’s still going to try to win Nina back, or is that done? 

JAMES:  I don’t know.  I do know that the Valentin I know will never shake Nina, and when he loves, he loves forever.  He can be simultaneously in love with Anna whenever she’s near.  I don’t believe he ever truly got over Nina hearing his story and his brokenness and still loving him twice as hard.  Years ago, there was a moment where he said to her the stuff that he’s never said, and Michelle beautifully kissed my tears away and said, “You’re beautiful” to me.   I think in that moment his fate was sealed.  I think he knew that this was his woman forever.  So, I just don’t think that that goes away.  I think he will always carry a torch for Nina, for sure.

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Do you see Valentin becoming darker and darker now that he had found out he is Helena’s offspring?

JAMES:  Well, yes and no.  I remember watching these scenes and we’ve done a lot of this stuff, and you know how easy it is to sort of go, “Let’s go dark, let’s go dark, let’s go more dark,” and after a while, I go, “You know, maybe he does learn something.  Maybe there’s hope for this guy after all.”  Of course, more bad stuff will happen to him, and he will do more bad stuff, because that’s just who he is.  A leopard can’t change his spots, and those are his survival instincts, but there are some new colors, and it’s all a direct result of all of just these horrible things that have happened to him… mostly learning that he is part Helena and he can’t undo that.

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We saw that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) called and then goes to see Valentin, because she wants to sell her shares of ELQ.  So, obviously he has the potential to become really rich here which is what would give him his power back.  How do you think that will go over with the rest of the Quartermaines? (Laughs)

JAMES:  (Laughs) A lot of the Quartermaine actors have been asking me that in the hallways of General Hospital!  Isn’t that interesting how he’ll just sort of switch families? (Laughs)

Of all the people, just as Valentin’s life is in the gutter and he is at his lowest, who should show up with a sort of lifeline, Nelle! How will he go about attempting to gain control of ELQ?

JAMES:  Valentin knows he has to get the majority shares to gain a control of the company, and he has to do it fast before people see that he’s doing it.  So, that’s where Michael E. Knight (Martin Gray) has been.  He’s gallivanting the states rapidly accumulating shares.  (Laughs)

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It’s been so fun seeing you and Michael Knight on-screen and on a daytime soap together again, as so many remember you as Tad Martin and Will Cortlandt on All My Children.  How has it been getting the chance to work with Michael?

JAMES:  My God, are you kidding me?  He taught me!  He’s the guy who taught me.  I didn’t know how to do this.  Nobody instinctively knows… this is a very unique art form.  It’s more Jazz than anything else, and he showed me how to do it!  Walt Willey (Ex-Jack, AMC) showed me how to do my hair, and Michael Knight taught me how to break down a script!  And, what’s so funny is he is still doing it.  In a scene on GH, when he threw in that line, “From now on, you pay in advance,” I just about fell on the floor!  I thought, “There he is!  That’s the Michael I’ve always known and loved.”

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Who would have thought that you guys would get to share scenes like that again on soaps?  You just never know in this life who may be wind up back in your orbit.

JAMES:  It’s incredible.  That’s what we say all of the time… “Who would have thought?”  You could never plan something like this and that we’d still be doing it at this point.

Now with Lulu (Emme Rylan) learning that Valentin is not a Cassadine, and Nina apparently moving on to a relationship with Jax, what do you think it will mean for their relationship in raising their daughter, Charlotte?

JAMES:  I think in the short-term, Valentin’s shelved any ideas of getting her out of Charlotte’s life.  He’s sort of putting out the fires in his own personal life.  Charlotte needs a mother in her life, and he’s quite willing to share custody as they always have been.  She seems to be looking at this as an opportunity to paint him as an unfit father, and she wants full-time custody.  So, we’re back to that again.  It looks to me like Lulu is kicking Valentin while he’s down.

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It was so nice to see you, and some of your GH co-stars such as: Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) show up for Y&R’s Eric Braeden’s (Victor Newman) 40th anniversary on set celebration at CBS.  It was quite the event; speakers galore, and so many from our industry and beyond in attendance.

JAMES:  It was pretty profound.  Eric has always been kind to me.  I only worked with him on one movie, a western, called The Man Who Came Back, and that was probably 12 years ago.  He has been so complimentary of me in interviews and in his book.  So, if he does that with me, I can only imagine how many dear, dear friendships he has.  So, the fact that everybody showed up like that from the president of CBS Entertainment to local councilmen, and that they were willing to do be there for 2 hours was really proof of how much they love him.  Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I don’t even think was working that day, came in for it and spoke at the event. There was so much respect shown for Eric and what he has meant to this medium.

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Your album The Apple Tree was so well-received, and everyone always loves seeing you get the opportunity to sing on General Hospital as well.  Will you continue to put out more music in 2020?

JAMES:  Yeah, that’s the plan.  I have another one that I’m working on.  I have a bunch of songs.  I’m in no rush to get it out.  Unfortunately, I lost Glen Roven, who wrote the cello part for Book of Love, passed away right after the Nurses’ Ball where I played Book of Love, which is really heartbreaking, and then, Michael Sherwood, who helped me with a number of songs on the record passed away right after The Apple Tree came out.  So, I’m a little gun-shy.  But, I’m planning on having something out by December for Christmas.

In closing, what would you say the fans should look forward to in the weeks ahead from Valentin?

JAMES: Look forward to that moment where Valentin is so low that there’s nowhere to go but up!  The comeback is going to be one for the books.

So, what do you think of how Valentin’s life hit rock bottom?  Do you think he will ever win Nina back? Do you think he will takeover ELQ? Share your thoughts on James’ recent performances and his thoughts contained in this interview via the comment section below.

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