Jon Voight claims racism was 'solved long ago,' says Trump isn’t ‘a racist, but a man who loves his country'
According to Jon Voight, 80, while racism has been an issue for the black community since the civil war, it has been ‘solved long ago by our forefathers for peace and love’
Actor Jon Voight, 80, on Sunday, August 4, posted a video claiming that racism was "solved long ago" as he slammed the critics of President Donald Trump.
He shared the video message on Twitter where he defended the POTUS and said he isn't "a racist, but a man who loves his country."
In the video, titled 'Jon Voight’s Message for America', Voight called upon his fellow Americans and claimed that way too many people were angered at the "words of racism".
According to the veteran actor, while racism has been an issue for the black community since the civil war, it has been "solved long ago by our forefathers for peace and love".
Voight also added that "it seems that the angered left and angered minorities want to hold President Trump accountable for past lives."
"You see, we have been gifted with truth and, as I see it, anger is among the old chains that were binding to the people of slavery, old wounds that still seem fresh," he continued.
He went on to make a reference to the holocaust and said that such wounds were live with the Jewish and non-Jewish people who died.
"But this is not about color, race, religion. This is the United States of America, a nation built on trust and liberty," he explained.
His video received backlash online as one Twitter user shared, "Who let Jon out of his room and gave him a cell phone to record" while another sarcastically added, "Wow, Jon spot on. I'll tell my African American neighbor to get over it after another Chevy Tahoe driver calls him a racial slur."
The actor's statements follow the death of 31 people in the two mass shootings which took place over the weekend in El Paso, Texas and in Dayton, Ohio.