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Is Jon Voight gunning for a speaking spot at the next RNC convention?

Clint Eastwood got mixed reviews among conservatives when he spoke at the Republican National Convention in 2012. Perhaps the organization will tap Jon Voight for the next one.

This weekend, the actor appeared on former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee’s Fox News show, where he shared his opinions on the president, Hobby Lobby, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and other subjects, glancing down to read from a prepared statement.

Among the highlights: He plugged Dinesh D’Souza’s film and praised the conservative pundit as “a patriotic man, more patriotic than anyone I can think of at this current moment.” D’Souza pleaded guilty earlier this year to using straw donors to make illegal contributions to the 2012 campaign of a woman challenging New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D). His sentencing hearing is scheduled for September.

“Five years ago, I stated that Obama would take the country apart, piece by piece, that he would cause a civil war in this country,” Voight said. “In hindsight, we can see how many things have come to pass.”

Voight accused the president of obfuscating the facts surrounding the attack on the American embassy in Benghazi, Libya, weakening the military, and aiding the terrorist group Hamas with aid to Palestine.

“Let us remember, let us not forget Benghazi,” Voight said. “Let us not say, ‘What difference does it make?’ Obama found a perfect way to put this under the rug, blaming Republicans, saying that they just want to find fault with his administration, and still, to this day, we don’t know the truth.”

Voight, father of Angelina Jolie, has been a vocal conservative for years, and has appeared on “Huckabee” before. He currently plays Mickey Donovan on the Showtime series “Ray Donovan.”

“The Democrat Party has become a very negative force … it’s more socialistic in thinking and they’ve given young women the wrong idea about what democracy really is,” Voight said. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) “is the gang leader for all the wrong information to our young women, convincing them that Republicans are stopping their liberties and freedoms of reproduction when the truth is, as the Supreme Court upheld, that religious freedoms are being infringed upon.”

Perhaps Rep. Schultz has a new title to add to her political resume: gang leader of the Beyoncé voters.

h/t Hollywood Reporter

Soraya Nadia McDonald covers arts, entertainment and culture for the Washington Post with a focus on issues surrounding race, gender and sexuality.



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