Actor Jon Voight is in Tampa this week at the Republican National Convention, and the Oscar-winner ("Coming Home)–who's never been afraid to speak his mind politically, penning a 2008 opinion piece against then-candidate Barack Obama and appearing in a video at the 2008 Republican convention–seems set to share his thoughts about the state of the country with anybody who'll listen. The CliffsNotes version: Obama's a Marxist, and the media is hopelessly biased towards the incumbent in this year's election.
Here's a look at the coverage that Voight's RNC appearance garnered with the media (who were quick to point out that Voigt is the father of activist humanitarian Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie).
The title of Hollywood’s Senior Republican — long held by the late Charlton Heston — has officially passed to Jon Voight.
Sure, Clint Eastwood bestowed his endorsement on Romney this month, but it was Voight who came to Tampa. The 73-year-old Oscar winner — tan and casual in a blue shirt and navy windbreaker — walked the halls of the convention center Monday, trailed by a gaggle of fans snapping photos. His role here? Happily sharing his views on the coming election to anyone who asks.
The Wrap's Hollywood D.C.:
Representing a relatively small faction of openly right-leaning celebrities in Hollywood, the actor was the featured speaker at a breakfast meeting of Virginia delegation members in Clearwater on Monday as his “first job” at the GOP summit.
Voight put a good word in for conservative pundit-turned-documentary filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza’s “2016: Obama’s America,” which stormed the box office last weekend as storm clouds approached, and ultimately swept past, the Tampa convention.
“Go to it,” Voight said of the film. “How can people vote for Obama after four years of failed policies? You know, it’s because of propaganda – they’re very good at propaganda … That’s what we’re battling here today.”
He also took the opportunity to offer his studied critique of the U.S. mainstream media, claiming “this media has been overtaken by this administration in no less a way that Cesar [sic — that would be Hugo] Chavez has taken over the media in Venezuela. It’s as strong as that.”
Voight's outrage against the mainstream media also extended to its coverage of the Republican National Convention, which the major networks will show for one hour per night between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m.
"I am absolutely appalled," Voight lamented. "I never thought I'd see the day when the main media would refuse to run the Republican convention. Can you imagine this? What will they edit out? What story will they tell? It’s propaganda, pure and simple. And everyone — every citizen should be up in arms."
"America, guys, wake up," he continued. You should be appalled that they can get away with it, that they can attack – the Republican Party is a victim of a bias, of a destructive bias against the Republican Party. It’s been going on for all this time and it’s getting worse and worse. And, now this? Come on, people, stand up."
"Well, [Obama's] father was a Marxist — of course he was influenced by it,” he told Reveal Politics. “His mother, who led him towards his father’s Marxism – yes. His mentor was a fellow by the name of Frank Marshall Davis, he was a communist. And, of course, his alliances from that time on."
You've got to give it to the guy–despite his hyperbole, Voight sure knows how to stay on script. As the Republican National Convention continues over the week, there's bound to be a couple more quotable right-wing nuggets from the 73-year old actor.