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Actor Jon Voight wants Trump back in office. We deconstruct his response to the US midterm election results

Ayaan Paul
Ayaan PaulNov 14, 2022 | 17:05

Actor Jon Voight wants Trump back in office. We deconstruct his response to the US midterm election results

Actor Jon Voight posted a foreboding video following the results of the midterm elections in the US, warning the American public of the looming threat of WWIII under the Biden administration, and calling for the return of Donald Trump to Presidency.

With the Democrats retaining control of the Senate, the 83-year-old Midnight Cowboy star took to Twitter to react to the midterm results, announcing his disappointment in the video, taking a moment to “wish this great land a healing from all the unrighteousness that has taken place”. 

Take a look at the video:

The poor-quality video, probably shot on an old cell phone, seems to reflect the outdatedness of Voight’s preachy call for the American people to “wake up and see the deceit and lies”, else risk the possibility of a Third World War and watch “this land die in its beauty, freedom and opportunity”.

“It’s a dark web, a dark world. But not for long because, my friends, a change is coming and a new light will emerge.”

What feels awfully cult-like is Voight’s use of vocabulary, as he anticipates the arrival of change, in the form of an emerging “new light”. Regardless of his intent, the actor’s language seems to share an interesting parallel with another historic political figure (see for yourself who it is).

By making the case for a new kind of leader, without explicitly naming Hitler, the book insidiously created the public perception of a gap that only he could fill: a man without a pedigree coming out of nowhere with an innate gift for seeing the hidden architecture of the world and hence to build a new Germany. It was banned soon after publication. 

“We must all see this truth and allow justice to take place now. You see, the only way in which we can win this election is to see the lies, deceit and corruption from the Left, the media… and the unknowns will know who they are. Let us all come together and vote for true justice for all.”

Voight’s blaming of the press and calling the media liars isn’t a first in world history, of course..

The Nazis used the term for their propaganda against the Jewish, communist, and later the foreign press.

In 1942, Baldur von Schirach, a notable Nazi officer, described the French journalist Geneviève Tabouis, who published on the expansion plans of National Socialism, as "the embodiment of this nifty lying press that was available to anyone who knew how to pay"; in the same context he claimed that "90 percent of all Paris newspapers" were under "Jewish influence" and that the newspaper editorial offices were made up of "over 70 percent" Jews.

In late 2014, the term was re-popularised by the Anti-Islam far-right political movement Pegida, in response to what its protesters felt was a scornful treatment by the mainstream media, as well as biased press reporting on the rising migrant influx and other immigration issues.

“Let us pray that the one President who understood truths and had the best interest of the American people, the American Dream - President Donald Trump - will return to the presidency. He and only he can stop this fog, this deceit and injustice.”

Voight’s impassioned plea to the American public to wake up and see through the lies that may only be put to an end by Donald Trump’s return to power may be a tad ill-informed to say the least...

For a President whose only accomplishments include continued efforts at boasting “No President has ever done what I have done”; those are probably the rare bits of truth that have been spoken by the former US president. 

His incompetent response to the Covid-19 pandemic that resulted in more than 450,000 deaths, an average life-expectancy that mirrored WWII levels and a Covid-19 mortality rate 40% higher than any other G7 nation.

“My fellow American, wake up. Wake up from this bad dream and bring back life, justice, truth and the only land that is meant for dreams of goodness - the land of the free, America, the greatest land, the greatest soil for mankind. The land where heroes fought for the truth. And this my friends, is where we must see the truths. Allow President Trump to rebuild our soil and our land so we can rise to her glory.”

If you thought the first two times could be chalked up to strange coincidences, it seems the third time's the charm for Voight when it comes to his (un)conscious incorporation of known neo-nazi and white supremacist vocabulary. 

While Blood referred to the goal of a racially pure Aryan people, Soil invoked a mystical vision of the special relationship between the Germanic people and their land. It was also a tool to justify land seizures in eastern Europe and the forced expulsion of local populations in favour of ethnic Germans. The term was a rallying cry during the 1920s and early 30s by the Nazis. 

On more than one occasion, Trump has refused to denounce supremacist groups. Rather, he proceeded to condemn hatred, violence and bigotry on “both sides".

Trump's remarks implied moral equivalence to white supremacist marchers and those who protested against them as he has reaffirmed, "there were many fine people on both sides".

As of late, we can expect an official announcement of the former US President's 2024 run for office as early as tomorrow, as he has hinted at a potentially “big announcement” for November 15 at a rally for Republican US Senate candidate JD Vance ahead of the midterm elections.

It’s safe to say that Trump will have at least one fanatic fanboy, hyped for his rerun.

Last updated: November 14, 2022 | 17:05
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