Already an exception to Hollywood’s prevailing left-wing ideology, actor Jon Voight has been an outspoken conservative advocate for several years. Though the Midnight Cowboy star has voiced support for Republican candidates in the past, his endorsement of presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump was particularly controversial.
Several months ago, Voight offered his support to the “funny, playful and colorful” former reality TV personality, though he noted that Trump did not seem to need the help.
Now that Trump is facing a likely general election race against Democrat Hillary Clinton, Voight has reiterated his endorsement and made himself available to the campaign in any way he can be of assistance.
“I’ll be as helpful as I can be,” he said in a recent interview.
If helping Trump win includes an appearance at next month’s Republican National Convention, Voight confirmed, then that is where he will be. Additionally, the actor said he would be willing to do what he can to shore up the campaign in Hollywood and across his home state.
“I’m in touch with the campaign,” Voight said, “and I fully support Donald. I think he’s the man for the job.”
So far, he said he has “discussed the possibility of being at the convention and what I might be able to do for them in California.”
If there are other ways for him to trade on his celebrity to help Trump, he said he is open to exploring them.
“Everything is on the table,” he explained.
While Voight is an enthusiastic advocate for the “strong leadership” he believes Trump represents, other Hollywood conservatives are not yet sold. The Daily Beast reported recently that many in the entertainment industry are disappointed by the lack of consideration the Trump campaign has shown them.
One filmmaker concluded it should not be surprising that Trump “snubs conservative Hollywood,” pointing out the real estate developer has “surrounded himself with Hollywood liberals for decades.”