- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 9, 2016

In a series of seven tweets, Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight expressed his support for Donald Trump in no uncertain terms following a weekend of controversy over the Republican nominee’s “hot mic” comments, made public on Friday.

Mr. Voight is new to Twitter, and has only tweeted 11 times since joining the social media powerhouse in July. He has since amassed almost 20,000 followers.

“I am so ashamed of my fellow actor Bobby De Niro’s rant against Donald Trump. What foul words he used against a presidential nominee, who has worked harder then any other man I know in the past year and a half to get a good message to the American people,” Mr. Voight noted in two initial missives, referring to Robert De Niro’s recent videotaped complaints against the White House hopeful.

“I don’t know of too many men who haven’t expressed some sort of similar sexual terms toward women, especially in their younger years,” Mr. Voight continued.

“Donald Trump’s words were not as damaging as Robert De Niro’s ugly rant. Trump’s words did not hurt anyone. Can you imagine if any Republican said words like Robert De Niro used - against Hilary Clinton or Barack Obama? All hell would break loose,” Mr. Voight said in another pair of tweets.

He appeared to be on a mission.

“I am calling for all Trump supporters to express their outrage and anger against De Niro and all of the Republican turncoats against Trump. Let Donald Trump know we are completely behind him, and may God give him the strength to continue his calling,” Mr. Voight noted in his two final messages.

He was also quite vocal during a recent appearance on Fox News, telling anchor Neil Cavuto that Mr. Trump was “an extraordinary fellow who has accomplished much in his life,” and “clear and strong” in his intentions.

Mr. Voight had words for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton as well.

“Donald Trump has no blood on his hands, as does Hillary. Remember Benghazi, remember Benghazi. And I can tell you this: One thing you can be sure of is that Donald Trump is no liar,” Mr. Voight told the anchorman in the Sept. 28 broadcast..

“I know Donald Trump. I know the things that he says, and I find them to be true,” the actor continued. “I find that sometimes, in an unusual, sometimes even in an awkward way, he says exactly what needs to be said. And he tells the truth.”

• Jennifer Harper can be reached at jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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