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Jon Voight, an Oscar-winning actor well-known for his support of Donald Trump as president, was literally moved to tears in an interview when he recalled an encounter he had with a woman about Trump. While he was traveling, Voight spoke with a “conservative actress, a very good one” who had also voted for Trump in the last election. Voight asked her, “So, what do you think about our man,” referring to President Trump. In response, the woman silently placed her hand on her heart. As Voight recounted the details of the exchange to conservative commentator Mark Levin in an interview for Fox News, Voight teared up on camera.
“That’s me crying,” Voight said. “But it was her too, saying–so, first of all the gesture was so beautiful, she couldn’t even speak. She was just saying, ‘Thank God.’ And I say, ‘Thank God.’ And one of the reasons I can say, ‘Thank God,’ is because I know He is there for us all.”
In the interview, Voight also spoke about how in today’s increasingly secular society “one of the things we’ve lost is this compass of God. What did Karl Marx come up with,” Voight asked. “He eliminated God from the picture and said, ‘We can do it without this.’ Not these boys, not our guys,” Voight said as he pointed to the portraits of the Founding Fathers in Levin’s studio. “They knew very well, ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. They are endowed by our Creator and among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Voight also remarked on the “genius of the architecture of [the United States’] founding, this Constitution, where it came from. The Bill of Rights and the Declaration [of Independence] … [Levin,] you understand the genius of them to say the pursuit of happiness” as opposed to a more traditional listing of mere survival needs. There was also special genius in noting that the inalienable rights came not from a human government that could later take them away, but from God Himself as an intrinsic part of human existence.
The 79 year old actor has spoken about his Catholic faith and the importance of religion in modern life in the past. In 2016, he stated that faith “keeps you humble” but that it was also the key to moving forward in times of difficulty. “It keeps you in energy to keep going, overcome things, solve problems, be good, think of others, all that stuff,” he said. “So my faith has been very important to me.”
Hopefully, the “compass” of both Voight and the unnamed actress continue to hold strong in the face of Hollywood’s heavily anti-Christian culture.