On the plus side, he was good in "Midnight Cowboy"

Actor Jon Voight, a conservative darling, speaks at an anti-healthcare reform rally


Alex Koppelman
November 5, 2009 11:50PM (UTC)

Though they may rail against Hollywood personalities who become involved in politics when those personalities are on the left, conservatives have never turned down a little star power of their own. (See Reagan, Ronald.) Problem is, the pickings are a bit slim. So the guy who shows up lately is Jon Voight, who's been known to say some things that are pretty outlandish, even by an actor's standards.

Voight was back at it on Thursday, when he spoke at an anti-healthcare reform rally on Capitol Hill, organized by Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. On Twitter, NBC's Chuck Todd reported that Voight asked if President Obama's agenda was really about "subconscious programming... to damn America" received from his former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

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Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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