Actor and ardent Donald Trump fan Jon Voight is defending the politician.
In one of the occasional political videos he shares on social media, this one called “Jon Voight’s message for America,” Voight argued that the president isn’t a racist. He also accused Trump’s critics on the left of being filled with hate and anger.
“This is not a race for color or fame. This is a journey that is for truth,” Voight began. “My fellow Americans, too many are angered at the words of racism. This has been a big issue for the black community since the Civil War, but this has been solved long ago by our forefathers for peace and love.”
He continued: “It seems that the angered left and angered minorities want to hold President Trump accountable for past lives. You see we have been gifted with truth and, as I see it, anger is among the old chains that were binding to the people of slavery, old wounds that still seem fresh.”
The Ray Donovan star then brought up the Holocaust.
Angelina Jolie and Jon Voight
Angelina Jolie and Jon Voight
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 4: Actor Jon Voight holds his new born baby Angelina Jolie Voight (only 4 hours old) on June 4, 1975 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donaldson Collection/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 01, 1978: Jon Voight holding his daughter Angelina Jolie at a party for KISS at Firoucci in Los Angeles, Calfornia. Photos by Brad Elterman/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 8: Jon Voight, Angelina Jolie and James Haven sighted on January 8, 1981 at Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Angelina Jolie and Jon Voight at the Henry Fonda Theater in Hollywood, California (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - circa 1990: Actor Jon Voight with his daughter Angelina Jolie. (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 24: (L-R) James Voight, Barbara Voight, Angelina Jolie and Jon Voight attend 58th Annual Academy Awards on March 24, 1986 at the Dorothy Changler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Angelina Jolie, Jamie Haven, Jon Voight, and mother at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion in Los Angeles, CA (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Jon Voight and Son James and Angelina Jolie (Photo by Steve Granitz Archive/WireImage)
Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, and Jamie Haven (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Actor Jon Voight (L) shares a personal moment with his daughter Angelina Jolie, co-star of the new action film " Gone in 60 Seconds" as they arrive for the film's premiere June 5 in Los Angeles. Jolie's new husband, actor Billy Bob Thornton is at (R). [The action film, about a band of car thieves, co-starring Nicholas Cage opens June 9 in the United States.]
Angelina Jolie gets a hug from her father Jon Voight as he presents her with the award for Supporting Actress of the Year at the ShoWest Awards show March 9 in Las Vegas. ShoWest is an annual convention of movie theater owners.
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 10: Actor Jon Voight and daughter/actress Angelina Jolie arrive at the 1998 premiere of 'Playing by Heart' on December 10, 1998 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Vinnie Zuffante/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 08: Writer/Director Angelina Jolie (L) and actor Jon Voight arrives at the 'In the Land of Blood and Honey' premiere held at ArcLight Cinemas on December 8, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 08: Writer/director Angelina Jolie (L) and actorJon Voight arrive at the premiere of FilmDistrict's 'In the Land of Blood and Honey' held at ArcLight Cinemas on December 8, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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“Let me talk about old wounds: the Holocaust. That, my friends, are wounds that live among the Jewish and non-Jewish that lost lives,” he said. “But this is not about color, race, religion. This is the United States of America, a nation built on trust and liberty. A soil of greatness. A land of opportunities, where all can grow and succeed with freedom. A nation of greatness.”
Voight added that “angered left-wingers preach love but only pollute.”
“We must understand that this is a nation of liberty, and this president is honoring all. He is not a racist but a man who loves his country and has every intention to make this land great again,” he said. “Let us vote for this country’s safety. And may all the angered left find truth, what truth stands for. God, liberty, love, justice for all. God bless.”
The actor shared his message in the wake of renewed criticism of Trump’s many derogatory references to immigrants and people of color following two mass shootings over the weekend.
Voight’s opinions prompted some disagreement:
“Wow, Jon spot on. I’ll tell my African American neighbor to get over it after another Chevy Tahoe driver calls him a racial slur,” a Twitter user, who clearly disagreed with Voight, wrote. “He’s clearly too much of a sensitive [liberal] & should listen to others telling him how to really feel. SAD.”
Another critic wrote, “So John Voight sends a tweet entitled ‘John Voight’s Message for America’ ... what arrogance.” One person commented: “Please just fade away.”
But Voight’s supporters called him a patriot and thanked him for “speaking the truth.” They applauded his “beautiful” message.
“Thank goodness there is a reasonable voice in Hollywood! I’m glad you stand up for our President,” one commenter wrote.
“Wish Mr Voight was 10 years younger,” someone else wrote of the 80-year-old actor. “Millions would want him to run for political office.”