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Jon Voight Shatters Hollywood Taboo with Video Claiming Racism Was Solved Years Ago

Hollywood legend Jon Voight is no stranger to controversy.

He’s one of the few outspoken conservatives in the entertainment world. As a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump, the man — whose career runs from an Oscar nomination in 1969 to the contemporary Showtime series “Ray Donavan” — has seen his share of social media lynch mobs infuriated that he stated his opinions in public.

But a video Voight posted on Sunday defending Trump from liberal attacks nationwide over mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, was a classic — even for him.

In the video, titled “Jon Voight’s message for America,” the Oscar winner reminded viewers of how much progress the country has made in the century-and-a-half since the Civil War exterminated the stain of slavery in the United States.

And many on the left were furious.

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“My fellow Americans, too many are angered at the words of racism,” Voight said on the video.

“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.”

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Now, obviously that’s going to stir up controversy. The issue of racism hasn’t been “solved” completely, of course – if it had been, hucksters like Al Sharpton would never have been able to get a toehold in the public consciousness.

But the Civil War, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a constant series of Supreme Court rulings that backed up racial equality, and an undeniable understanding among the vast majority of Americans that racism is unacceptable in any form have changed the American landscape when it comes to judging people by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin.

Being honest about the true state of the races in the country might be Hollywood’s most forbidden remaining taboo. The biggest groups denying the progress the country has made are the very groups that have a vested interest in maintaining the illusion that the country is only a step away from returning to Jim Crow days.

And that brings the argument to the latest round of recriminations from Democratic presidential wannabes and their mobs of supporters bent on attacking the Trump White House.

Essentially, Voight said, Trump opponents are trying to place the responsibility of American history squarely on the shoulders of the man now in the Oval Office.

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“It seems that the angered left and angered minorities want to hold President Trump accountable for past lives,” Voight said. “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.”

And above all, Voight extolled the “United States of America, a nation built on trust and liberty.”

“A soil of greatness,” Voight said. “A land of opportunities where all can grow and succeed in freedom, a nation of greatness.”

Democrats used to talk that way too, sometimes, but that’s a long time ago now.

“These angered left-wingers preach love, but only pollute,” Voight said. “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.”

As can be expected in the social media age, Voight’s “Message” was attacked by a swarm of Twitter users. Since most of those were too foul-mouthed to show here, this one serves as a good example — seems leftists can’t disagree without being personally insulting.

But there were many who understood it, and appreciated it.

As that last tweet showed, Voight has become a hero to conservatives in the country, as part of a small number of Hollywood celebrities who actually seem to speak the same language as the Americans who elected Trump president in 2016.

That’s going to make him a subject of controversy no matter what he says publicly.

But as that newest video showed, controversy doesn’t scare him a bit.

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Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro desk editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015.
Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015. Largely a product of Catholic schools, who discovered Ayn Rand in college, Joe is a lifelong newspaperman who learned enough about the trade to be skeptical of every word ever written. He was also lucky enough to have a job that didn't need a printing press to do it.
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