ewt Gingrich and Sarah Palin have issues with Democrats, said Lisa Derrick in The Huffington Post, but they're pikers compared to actor Jon Voight. As emcee at a Republican fundraiser, Voight outdid fellow speakers Gingrich and Palin with a "jingoist" rant to "stir up the theocratic nutbags," hitting all "the usual right-wing punching bags: the media, Hollywood, Joe Biden, the stimulus package, congressional Democrats." He even called President Obama a "false prophet." (watch Jon Voight's Obama criticism)
Jon Voight certainly didn't pull any punches, said Ignatius Reilly in Right Pundits, and why should he? He's "one of the few conservatives in Hollywood," so he's one of the few celebrities willing to say that Obama's foreign policy is weakening America. "I wonder how the super liberal Angelina Jolie feels about her father's political views?"
Even Republicans who applauded Jon Voight seemed surprised by his remarks, said the New York Daily News. "I’m still just reveling that someone from Hollywood made a speech like that," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. "I hope you’re going to be able to find work after this." But Voight merely "set the tone"—Gingrich, Palin, and others used the Monday fundraiser for congressional Republicans to go after Obama's handling of the recession.
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