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.
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.
Check it out here:
Jon Voight’s message for America. pic.twitter.com/xCTOpLPDA4
— Jon Voight (@jonvoight) August 4, 2019
“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.”
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.
“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.
Give me a break. Trump thrives on dissent, on fomenting hate and he lives his white supremacy ideologies. He must be held accountable for his actual actions. pic.twitter.com/hSGGquBfgs
— Beki Knott (@lotsofuss) August 7, 2019
But there were many who understood it, and appreciated it.
Thank you Mr Voight for speaking the truth. Leftists agenda of spreading hate and lies is what’s ruining the country.
— Dana Peterssen (@PeterssenDana) August 4, 2019
Beautifully said Mr Voight. Guns don’t kill people. Sick people filled with hatred, and no faith and belief in God, kill people. Children for the last 20 years have been raised without discipline, faith and goodness. That’s the evil that dwells in America today.
— MAGA Tart Nana (@OneTartNana) August 4, 2019
Amen! May God protect & spiritually renew our nation with His never ending love, mercy & faithfulness. Thank you for using your voice, Mr. Voight. Continuing prayers for our great POTUS, his family & administration as they work hard to #MAGA & #KAG! #UnitedNotDivided #WWG1WGA pic.twitter.com/Xhj4nE8njO
— Meauxjo (@meauxjo1) August 4, 2019
God Bless Jon Voight, James Woods, Gary Senise, Dean Cain, Chuck Woolery, Rob Schneider, Kevin Sorbo, and some other great Patriots for their sanity, clarity, and considerable talent. Hollywood is not totally lost.
— Vince Iuliano (@savingamerica2) August 4, 2019
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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