While hoards of celebrities and politicians, including many within Donald Trump’s own Republican Party, are stumbling over each other to distance themselves from the troubled presidential candidate, there are still some standing firmly by his side.
In a video posted to YouTube Thursday night, actor Jon Voight slams President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton while imploring voters to choose Trump in the upcoming election on November 8.
Voight is a well-respected actor and the father of actress Angelina Jolie, who has previously criticized Trump for his comments on Muslim refugees, among other things, as the Daily Beast reports.
“The three-minute rant was packed with hits aimed at Clinton and her affiliation with wealthy Americans who have used their prosperity as ‘weapons,'” notes The Hollywood Reporter.
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“My dear fellow Americans, we are all feeling tremendous anxiety with only a few weeks left in the election,” Voight says in the opening moments of the video.
“This will be the most important election in American history. We were once a country of freedom, and now we are becoming a country of tyranny. We are witness to our own people burning down and looting our own cities: Ferguson, Milwaukee, Orlando, Baltimore.”
The references to Ferguson, Milwaukee, and the other cities is clearly a criticism of Black Lives Matter activists and their supporters who have organized protests in those cities in response to police shootings, often of unarmed black men. Some of those protests have turned violent.
“We are all witness to our own people killing our police,” Voight added, perhaps alluding to five police officers gunned down by a disgruntled U.S. military veteran in Dallas in July. The assailant supposedly perpetrated the attack in response to police violence against people of color, according to The New York Times.
In the video, Voight also rants about terrorist attacks within the United States, immigration and refugees, and Clinton’s alleged ties to America’s wealthiest elite.
Voight makes particularly harsh accusations against billionaire and Clinton backer George Soros, who he claims collaborated with the Nazis during World War II.
“How many Americans are aware of George Soros? An evil man who turned hundreds of Jewish people over to the Nazis to be exterminated during World War Two. He was interviewed on 60 Minutes and was asked if he feels guilty for what he has done. And arrogantly, he said absolutely not, if I didn’t do it, someone else would have.”
“Soros is a billionaire who made most of his money manipulating currencies, and almost bankrupted many countries. He supports hate groups who are responsible for taking down our cities. And he is a close friend of Hillary Clinton, and a major supporter of her campaign.”
The reports that Soros collaborated with the Nazis has been disputed by Media Matters, a liberal media agency with ties to the Clinton campaign, and others.
Soros wasn’t the only non-politician to face Jon Voight’s wrath. Robert De Niro was also on the receiving end of some harsh words from Voight regarding a recent video in which De Niro said he’d like to “punch Trump in the face.”
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“Robert de Niro is a millionaire, as are so many of our Hollywood stars who are voting for Hillary,” Voight says in the video.
“They have absolutely no tolerance of anyone with a different opinion, forgetting that that is what our country is built on. Freedom of choice. But they will not be affected by Hillary’s open borders; only our poor and middle class will suffer.”
Voight goes on to criticize Obama and Clinton on health care and Second Amendment rights.
“May God protect the real truth, and may Donald Trump win this presidency,” Voight says as the video ends. “He will save America, and make it great again.”
Voight burst onto the Hollywood scene in 70s with stellar performances in Midnight Cowboy, Catch-22, and Deliverance. He’s appeared in dozens of films since then, usually in supporting roles.
He has been nominated for Academy Awards four times and won in the Best Actor category in 1978 for his performance in Coming Home.
Voight will play Henry Shaw, Sr. in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, written by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.
Despite his impressive career, Jon Voight isn’t necessarily a household name. He’s arguably known almost as much for being the father of Hollywood A-lister Angelina Jolie as he is for his own work these days.
Voight made no mention of the recently released video in which Trump can be heard encouraging and boasting of sexually assaulting women.
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