Jon Voight Lashes Out at Democrats, Hillary Clinton
"This is certainly not the party of John F. Kennedy," the actor said of the party while at the premiere of Dinesh D'Souza's new movie.
Hobnobbing with his fellow conservatives in Hollywood at the premiere of Dinesh D'Souza's new movie, Jon Voight called Hillary Clinton and modern-day Democrats a bunch of socialists.
"It's very important people learn what this entity is," Voight said of the Democratic Party. "This is certainly not the party of John F. Kennedy. It has swung far left. It is a socialist party...Hillary says she will adhere to President Obama's policies, and the whole Democrat party is socialist now. Look at what they advocate. The Constitution has been been run roughshod over eight years."
The Oscar-winning actor, an outspoken liberal four decades ago when he was making films such as Midnight Cowboy and Coming Home, spoke to The Hollywood Reporter at the Hillary's America premiere. Voight praised the conservative filmmaker, and dismissed D'Souza's recent stint at a halfway house for violating campaign finance laws as political retribution.
"The things I say, some people are shocked by," Voight said prior to the premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. "But if they do a little research, you'll find people who give you the truth, and one of them is Dinesh D'Souza. He's standing up and taking the blows. He was literally put in jail because someone didn't want him speaking out."
In fact, the movie begins with a reenactment of D'Souza talking to other inmates. One is in for lighting someone on fire, another for drug running. When D'Souza says he is in for donating too much to a friend's senatorial campaign, the others laugh (as does Monday night's audience, largely comprising members of Friends of Abe, Hollywood's secret organization of conservatives).
Voight, arguably the most famous actor supporting Donald Trump for president, said he hoped to attend the Republican National Convention next week but won't because he's filming his TV show, Ray Donovan.
Voight said he takes some flak in liberal Hollywood for his conservative views, but he doesn't mind.
"I'm taking some blows, but I'm an older fella, and I'm able to work because of my history. I'm trying to address the truth, and I'm thinking about our kids and grandkids, as is Gerald Molen," Voight said, referring to Hillary's America executive producer Molen, who won a best picture Oscar for producing Schindler's List.
"Hollywood will love me even more after this movie," Molen joked at the premiere's afterparty, alluding to the entertainment industry's overwhelming support for Clinton over Trump for president.
Hillary's America is D'Souza's third film. His first, 2016: Obama's America, is the second most successful political documentary after Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 911.
"I got Obama right, now I need to figure out Hillary," D'Souza says in Hillary's America. Much of the rest of the movie is about Democrats defending slavery, the Ku Klux Klan and other atrocities.
Birth of a Nation, the classic though horribly racist film from the silent era, plays a role in Hillary's America, and the documentary also makes a timely knock on gun control. Among the other Democrat sacred cows attacked in the movie is Planned Parenthood and its founder, Margaret Sanger, a hero of Clinton's.
Despite its title, Hillary's America, doesn't delve into the presumptive Democratic nominee until about an hour in. It begins with her introduction to social justice pioneer Saul Alinsky, then segues to her early relationship with her future husband, President Bill Clinton, portrayed as a stormy beginning for the couple, to say the least. Toward the end of the movie are accusations of Hillary Clinton enabling sexual abuse and the alleged scandals involving Benghazi and her private email server.
A trailer is below.